The Seattle City Attorney’s Office has filed a misdemeanor DUI charge against University of Washington star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins following an accident March 9 in the University District.
According to the agency, Seferian-Jenkins registered a 0.18 percent blood-alcohol level. The state’s legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. He will be sent a summons to appear in Seattle Municipal Court at a later date. The maximum penalty for this charge is up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
According to the UW student handbook, a suspension can be lifted when the charge is a misdemeanor. Coach Steve Sarkisian released a statement Tuesday saying that Seferian-Jenkins will remain suspended.
“We are aware of the charge against Austin Seferian-Jenkins that was announced today,” Sarkisian said. “He will remain suspended from the football program indefinitely. He has already begun to take the necessary steps to return at the appropriate time.”
Seferian-Jenkins was in a one-car accident when his vehicle swerved off the road in the north part of Seattle’s U-District. He later refused to submit to a blood test. He has not practiced with the team since being suspended indefinitely following the accident.
Shortly after the initial citation, Seferian-Jenkins released a statement.
“Coach Sarkisian holds our team to high standards on and off the field, and I fell short of those standards this weekend,” Seferian-Jenkins, 20, said. “I apologize for letting down my family, my team and the entire University of Washington community. I will take full responsibility for my actions and work to use this as a learning experience.”
According to a report, the former Gig Harbor High School standout was outside the car, which had a “star-shaped fracture” on the windshield, with a bloody nose when police arrived at 11:30 p.m. at 22nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.
Police found “the car at rest in an open catch basin at the southern end of Ravenna city park after leaving the roadway and driving over a small planted tree and the sidewalk.”
A witness said the vehicle had been traveling at “a high speed.”
An officer called an ambulance and insisted Seferian-Jenkins be taken to Harborview Medical Center. The officer also said in his report, “I immediately noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, thick-tongued speech, and watery bloodshot eyes, all of which are consistent with someone who has consumed a significant amount of alcohol.” He told Seferian-Jenkins he was under arrest at that point on suspicion of DUI.
Seferian-Jenkins was transported to Harborview in a neck brace and on a backboard, according to the report, despite saying he did not want to go.
Police say Seferian-Jenkins refused to take the blood test, which led to the officer obtaining a search warrant for blood prior to conducting the test.
The officer released Seferian-Jenkins from custody at 3:40 a.m. Sunday and left him in the hospital’s care.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound sophomore holds almost every Huskies tight end record after catching 69 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
He holds the school tight end records for career receptions (110), receiving yards in a season and a career (1,388), touchdown receptions in a season, and touchdown catches in a career (13).email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @Todd_Dybas