UW's Seferian-Jenkins gets day in jail for guilty DUI plea

Sarkisian doesn’t comment on his star football player, who also was fined $695

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comJuly 16, 2013 

Star University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday morning to a drunken driving charge in Seattle Municipal Court resulting from a single-car crash March 9.

Seferian-Jenkins received a multilayer sentence that included 364 days of jail time, 363 of which were suspended. He will spend 24 hours in jail.

The UW and coach Steve Sarkisian had no comment Monday on Seferian-Jenkins or the court proceedings.

Seferian-Jenkins also was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $695 fine. He had already attended a DUI victims’ panel and a one-day information class.

Seferian-Jenkins released a statement through his lawyer:

“On March 9, 2013, I fell well short of what is expected of me as a student athlete and a citizen of this community. I want everyone to know how sorry I am for the disappointment and embarrassment that I have caused. I especially want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches and particularly my family. I also want to apologize to the entire University of Washington family for not living up to my expectations. I hope that everyone can learn from my mistake so that they do not commit the same lapse in judgment that I committed this past March.

“I was always raised to be a man of my word, and I promised everyone shortly after this incident that I would accept responsibility for my actions. (Monday), I kept my word and will accept my punishment because I deserve it. I also want everyone to know that I will continue to learn from this mistake and will attempt to educate others to the dangers of drinking and driving. I understand that I am very fortunate that no one else was injured by my terrible lapse in judgment. To all my supporters, thank you for standing by me, but please learn from my mistake and never, ever drink and drive. I plan to move on from this, and continue to work hard to earn your respect back. Again, I am deeply sorry for my actions and I hope that at some point, you can all forgive me.”

The Fox Island native was in a one-car accident March 9 after his vehicle swerved off the road in the north part of Seattle’s University District.

The Huskies’ starting tight end was outside of the car, which had a “star-shaped fracture” on the windshield, with a bloody nose when police arrived at 22nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.

Police said they arrived at 11:30 p.m. to find “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.”

Seferian-Jenkins’ blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

The 6-foot-6, 266-pound junior-to-be from Gig Harbor High School 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).

He was suspended for spring practice following the March charge, but has been working out with his teammates during voluntary summer sessions.

The question now is whether Seferian-Jenkins will be suspended for the Aug. 31 opener of renovated Husky Stadium against Boise State.

Last year, Stanford suspended star linebacker Shayne Skov for the opener against San Jose State after he was found guilty of DUI.

Todd Dybas todd.dybas@thenewstribune.com @Todd_Dybas blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports

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