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UGA Linebacker Chase Vasser Arrested for DUI, Suspended

Apparently NFL stars aren't the only football players getting DUIs these days. In May, University of Georgia linebacker Chase Vasser was arrested for DUI in Atlanta, Online Athens reports.

According to the incident report, Vasser initially denied being drunk, but broke down soon after. He's been suspended for two games in accordance with NCAA policy.

Georgia State troopers stopped Vasser early in the morning on May 11 after they saw him weaving his red pickup truck at Piedmont Road and Peachtree in Buckhead. The arresting officer smelled alcohol in the truck and administered a Breathalyzer test, authorities say.

According to the incident report, Vasser told the officer, "I'm not intoxicated at all." However, his appearance seemed to indicate the contrary. Vasser reportedly had bloodshot eyes, was sweating profusely, and was wearing disheveled clothing that appeared to be "slept in."

Rather than facing the music, Vasser allegedly pleaded with the officer. "Mr. Vasser was visibly emotional and stated that he was sorry and please let him go," the incident report reads.

Vasser was arrested and booked into Atlanta jail where he was given a second Breathalyzer test. Anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher can be charged with DUI in Georgia. If Vasser is convicted of the DUI charge and this is his first offense, he could get a fine of up to $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and may have to attend an alcohol use risk reduction program.

Chase Vasser's suspension comes at a bad time for Georgia football. Cornerback Sanders Commings has been suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest. On top of that, Cornerback Branden Smith, safety Bacarri Rambo, and linebacker Alec Ogletree are all facing suspensions as well.

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