Huskies' Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains under investigation for driving under the influence
Washington's star tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, was involved in a car accident late Saturday night, arrested and taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains under investigation for driving under the influence after a one-car accident Saturday night in the University District.
A Seattle City Attorney's office spokeswoman said Monday that charges from the incident are pending until toxicology results come in on blood taken from Seferian-Jenkins early Sunday morning.
Seferian-Jenkins released a statement Monday though the university:
"Coach (Steve) Sarkisian holds our team to high standards on and off the field, and I fell short of those standards this weekend. 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."
Seferian-Jenkins was cited after the car he was driving was found in a broad ditch at the southern end of Ravenna Park after leaving the road and driving across the sidewalk and over a small tree.
The incident report states an officer "came across a traffic collision" at 22nd Avenue N.E. and Ravenna Avenue N.E. at 11:29 p.m., where the driver was found with a bloody nose. The injury, the police report states, "was consistent with hitting his face on the windshield of the crashed vehicle."
There was apparently no other car involved. The vehicle was found to have "a star-shaped fracture to the windshield on the driver's side." The name of the driver was redacted from the police report, but two sources confirmed to The Seattle Times that Seferian-Jenkins, 20, was driving the car, and UW released a statement confirming Seferian-Jenkins' involvement in an incident Saturday night.
The police report stated a witness said the vehicle was traveling "at high speed" before the accident. Seferian-Jenkins was found standing outside the vehicle and, according to the report, had the "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, thick-tongued speech and watery, bloodshot eyes."
Seferian-Jenkins initially objected to medical treatment, the report states, but eventually was placed on a backboard and in a neck collar and transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He was declared under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence before being taken to Harborview.
At the hospital, Seferian-Jenkins asked to speak with a lawyer, eventually speaking with an on-call public defender. He later refused to submit to a blood draw, again asking to speak to an attorney. He was told he had already spoken to one, and his blood was drawn at 3:34 a.m. after a warrant for the draw was granted.
Seferian-Jenkins was then released into hospital care and later released from Harborview.
Sarkisian released a statement on Sunday, stating, "We are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins" and that the school was taking it "very seriously."
"Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington," Sarkisian said in the statement. "He will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies. We will continue to support Austin throughout this process, while also holding him accountable and responsible for his actions."
The statement did not specify whether Seferian-Jenkins could miss any games in 2013, a season in which he figures to be a potential All-American.
Washington's student-athlete code of conduct states in part: "When a student-athlete has been arrested or charged with a violation of criminal law, the student-athlete will be placed on administrative suspension from all team activities pending further investigation. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a misdemeanor offense, the head coach may lift the administrative suspension after obtaining the approval of the sport administrator. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a felony, the administrative suspension may be lifted only upon authorization of the Director of Athletics."
Washington is scheduled to hold its fourth of 15 spring practices Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-6, 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins will be a junior in 2013. He was one of three finalists last season for the Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in the country.
A graduate of Gig Harbor High School, he holds a number of UW season and career records for tight ends, including career receptions (110); career receiving yards (1,388) and career touchdown receptions (13).
He was named as UW's Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2012, when he caught 69 passes for 850 yards, each records for a tight end. He is expected to be a big part of the offense again this fall, when the Huskies hope to improve on a three-year cycle of 7-6 seasons and emerge as a contender for the Pac-12 North title.
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