ATHENS — Georgia football All-American Jalen Carter has reportedly struck a deal that will allow him to avoid jail time in the wake of his arrest on charges of racing and reckless driving.
Carter’s attorney has said the projected first-round NFL Draft pick has pled no contest to the misdemeanor charges and will receive 12 months probation, pay a $1,000 fine, perform 80 hours of community service and finish a driving course, per The Athletic.
It’s a significant deal for Carter, whose draft stock has dropped after news broke that he had charges linked to the tragic Jan. 15 crash that claimed the lives of UGA lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy.
Per a previous statement from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department:
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 ouststiance each other.
Evidence indicated that shortly before the crash, the Expedition was traveling at about 104 miles per hour.”
Carter, per the report, was driving a 2021 Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk with a Hellcat V-8 motor which is capable of speeds at or approaching 180 mph.
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