UW's Kasen Williams cited for alcohol use as a minor

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comJuly 10, 2013 

University of Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams was pulled over May 26 near Lake Chelan, arrested and cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

According to a state police report, Williams, 20, was pulled over for going 45 mph in a 30-mph zone. The officer reported Williams’ eyes were “very watery and lightly red.” The officer also reported the smell of alcohol and marijuana from Williams’ car.

Field sobriety tests were administered. Williams took two Breathalyzer tests and blew 0.059 and 0.056. The legal limit is 0.08.

The officer also noted a “large glass smoking device commonly used for the ingestion of marijuana” near the unidentified passenger in the vehicle.

Williams paid a fine of $695.50 and received two years of supervised probation. He has

been pulled over for speeding four times during a 14-month period from March 2012-May 2013.

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian released a statement on the infraction.

“We are aware of an incident involving Kasen Williams in Chelan County on May 26,” Sarkisian said in the statement. “As a matter of policy, any disciplinary measures taken as a result of this incident will remain internal to the team.”

Williams’ citation makes him the second star football player for the Huskies to be involved with drinking while operating a motor vehicle in the past four months.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged with misdemeanor DUI on March 9 when his car ran off the road in Seattle’s University District. Seferian-Jenkins was suspended from the team for the duration of spring football. He has a July 15 pre-trial hearing that is expected to resolve his DUI case, which has dragged out in part because he switched lawyers.

Williams, who will be a junior, led Washington with 77 catches for 878 yards last season. Seferian-Jenkins, also a junior-to-be, was second with 69 catches for 852 yards.

The infractions leave Sarkisian to decide whether either will be suspended for any games.

UW’s official student-athlete code of conduct states in part: “When a student-athlete has been arrested or charged with a violation of criminal law, the student-athlete will be placed on administrative suspension from all team activities pending further investigation. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a misdemeanor offense, the head coach may lift the administrative suspension after obtaining the approval of the sport administrator. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a felony, the administrative suspension may be lifted only upon authorization of the Director of Athletics.’’

That language leaves the suspension decision to Sarkisian in both cases.

Washington opens revamped Husky Stadium on Aug. 31 against Boise State, its most difficult non-conference foe.

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