The Seattle City Attorney's office has filed a misdemeanor DUI charge against Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins following an accident March 9 in the University District.
Seferian-Jenkins registered a .18 percent blood-alcohol level. The state's legal limit is .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.
Seferian-Jenkins was in an one-car accident March 9 after 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 football team since being suspended indefinitely following the accident.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian released a statement Tuesday that Seferian-Jenkins will remain suspended.
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“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 in a statement. “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.”
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.
When police arrived at 11:30 p.m., they 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.”
The 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.
Seferian-Jenkins repeatedly asked to speak to his lawyer, but provided a name that the officer could not locate in the Washington State Bar Association website.
At the hospital, Seferian-Jenkins “made it known” he was objecting to medical attention and wanted to speak with his lawyer. He eventually spoke with the on-call public defender, according to the report.
Police say Seferian-Jenkins refused to take the blood test which led the officer to obtaining a search warrant for blood. The hospital drew Seferian-Jenkins’ blood and is waiting on the test results.
The officer released Seferian-Jenkins from custody at 3:40 a.m. Sunday and left him in the hospital’s care.
The incident prompted a statement Sunday from Washington coach Steve Sarkisian that the school will continue to support Seferian-Jenkins while holding him accountable for his actions by disciplining him in accordance with team and departmental policies.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound sophomore 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).
At the start of spring practice last week, he told reporters he wants to become the most complete tight end in the country during his junior season.