Today, news broke that star Georgia defensive lineman and projected first round NFL draft pick Jalen Carter had an arrest warrant out for his involvement with the car wreck that ultimately led to the death of Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock, and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department released a statement saying that Carter is facing a charge of reckless driving and racing, after an investigation discovered that the defensive lineman was allegedly street racing with LeCroy and Willock:
“The investigation found that Chandler LeCroy, driver of the 2021 Ford Expedition, and Jalen Carter, driver of a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk, were operating their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing shortly after leaving the downtown Athens area at about 2:30 a.m.
The evidence demonstrated that both vehicles switched between lanes, drove in the center turn lane, drove in opposite lanes of travel, overtook other motorists and drove at high rates of speed in an apparent attempt to outdistance each other. Evidence indicated that shortly before the crash the Expedition was traveling at about 104 miles per hour.
The toxicology report indicated that LeCroy’s blood alcohol concentration was .197 at the time of the crash. Investigators determined that alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving and speed were significant contributing factors to the crash.”
Now, Carter is responding to the allegations, as he just released a statement saying that the information that has been provided is inaccurate:
“This morning, I received a telephone call from the Athens Georgia Police Department informing me that two misdemeanor warrants have been issued against me for reckless driving and racing.
Numerous media reports also have circulated this morning containing inaccurate information concerning the tragic events of January 15, 2023.
It is my intention to return to Athens to answer the misdemeanor charges against me and to make certain that the complete and accurate truth is presented. There is no question in my mind that when all of the facts are known that I will be fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.”
Carter finished the 2022 season with 32 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and three pass breakups, and is expected to possibly be the #1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft.
However, in the event that the Chicago Bears trade the #1 overall pick (they don’t need a quarterback), Jalen could go #3 or #4.