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Originally published Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

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Huskies star Austin Seferian-Jenkins charged with misdemeanor DUI

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who holds most of Washington's receiving records for a tight end, remains indefinitely suspended from the Huskies' football team.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor DUI by the Seattle City's Attorney office resulting from its investigation into an incident on March 9.

The city attorney's office said Seferian-Jenkins, a potential All-American in 2013, registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, above the state's legal limit of .08 percent, after he was arrested following a one-car accident on 22nd Avenue NE and Ravenna Avenue NE.

The statement said Seferian-Jenkins, 20, will be sent a summons to appear in Seattle Municipal Court at a later date.

The charge might make it more likely that Seferian-Jenkins could miss games in the 2013 season.

The university released a statement announcing that Seferian-Jenkins remains indefinitely suspended.

"We are aware of the charge against Austin Seferian-Jenkins that was announced today," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said in the statement. "He will remain suspended from the football program indefinitely. He has already begun to take the necessary steps to return at the appropriate time."

Seferian-Jenkins' suspension fell in line with UW's official student-athlete code of conduct, which 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."

The policy, though, states that the suspension can be lifted when the charge is a misdemeanor.

During the suspension, Seferian-Jenkins has been barred from team activities, such as spring workouts. The Huskies have five more spring practices, culminating in the Spring Game at 4 p.m. April 20 at Memorial Stadium.

It's likely any further decision on the suspension will wait until after the legal process has run its course. Washington opens the season against Boise State on Aug. 31 at Husky Stadium in the first game since its renovation.

The 6-foot-6, 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins will be a junior. He was one of three finalists last season for the Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in the country.

With Seferian-Jenkins out, UW has been working with three scholarship tight ends during spring practice — juniors Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson and sophomore Josh Perkins. David Ajamu, who signed as part of the Class of 2013, will arrive in the fall.

Notes

• UW will practice again Thursday and Saturday this week and then Tuesday and Thursday next week leading into the Spring Game. The Spring Game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.

• Sarkisian said UW is beginning to get a little "banged up," leaving it unclear exactly what the format of the Spring Game will be. None of the injuries are considered serious.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com.

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