Fri Jul 02 06:32pm EDT
As each new piece falls into place, the official account of Damon Evans' Wednesday night sounds more and more like one of those "how can it possibly get any worse?" stories, where the hole gets a little deeper with each revelation. Thursday morning, we learned the Georgia athletic director had been arrested for drunk driving in Atlanta; by Thursday evening, we knew the name of the 28-year-old "friend" in his passenger seat. Tonight, we have the official police report, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the image of a "talkative," "crying" and increasingly desperate Evans trying to explain the panties in his lap and leverage his way out of the arrest reaches a new low:
After pulling into the parking space, I asked the subject for his license. The subject fumbled through his cards and dropped some of the items giving me his license. I also noticed that the subject had a pair or red lady's panties between his legs. While talking to the subject, I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his vehicle and breath. The subject had red, bloodshot, watery eyes and droopy eyelids. ... The subject admitted to drinking two Vodka-Martinis at a restaurant and also drinking a Martini at the Beluga Martini Bar. I asked the subject to step out of his vehicle and, while talking to the subject outside of his vehicle, I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. I asked the subject if he was taking any medications and he stated, "no." The subject stated "I feel pretty good," smiled and laughed for no apparent reason.
I told the subject that he was too impaired to drive and he agreed saying "maybe so." I asked the subject what her panties were doing in his side of the seat and he stated, "she took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home." The subject stated that he understood what going on and stated, "I don't want to use who I am, but I would just ask that you take me to a Motel." ... He also stated "But I am not trying to bribe you, but is there anything you can do without arresting me." Mr. Evans stated that Ms. Fuhrmann was a friend of his but there was nothing there because he had a wife and family. The subject asked again if I would let him go to a Motel and stated, "I will agree with you by saying this, drinking and driving is never good."
No, no it is not. The scene ends with Evans arguing that "we go through life and we all drink and jump in a car," refusing a breathalyzer test and finally "crying uncontrollably" as he's led to booking. Oh, and with the 28-year-old passenger (Ms. Fuhrmann) telling the arresting officer that she and Evans had been seeing each other "only a week or so."
Evans said at a press conference Thursday day night he hadn't considered resigning, and it still seemed plausible that he may keep his job. That possibility is becoming less and less likely by the second. The sordidness, arrogance ("I am not trying to bribe you, but I am the athletic director at the University of Georgia") and especially the hypocrisy of the incident will make it nearly impossible for him to lobby boosters for donations or levy discipline against an athlete facing an alcohol-related charge again. In Evans' case, the DUI charge seems like the least of his troubles: If he makes it out of this with job and marriage intact, he's a charmed man.
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