Police report: Evans urged officer to not arrest him

sports@macon.comJuly 3, 2010 

ATHENS — Damon Evans repeatedly referenced his position as Georgia’s athletics director when he was stopped by a Georgia State Patrol officer Wednesday, according to the police report released Friday.

“I am not trying to bribe you, but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia,” Evans said after being stopped by officer Mark Cabe.

After refusing to take a breath test, according to the report, Evans was placed under arrest, and later began “crying uncontrollably,” before being taken into jail.

The officer said in the report that he observed Evans’ 2009 BMW weaving on Roswell Road at approximately 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday and initiated the traffic stop.

Evans, who admitted to drinking three martinis, had trouble producing his license.

“While talking to the subject, I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his vehicle and breath,” the officer said in the report.

The report also said the officer noticed a red pair of lady’s panties between Evans’ legs, and when asked what they were doing there Evans said, “She took them off, and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.”

While talking outside the car, the officer said Evans smiled and laughed for no apparent reason, saying, “I feel pretty good.”

After conducting a field sobriety test, the officer determined Evans was not fit to drive and arrested him.

Evans, who refused a breath test, stated that he had messed up and asked to be taken to a motel.

“We go through life, and we all drink and jump in a car,” Evans said. “I felt that I was good but maybe not. I will agree with you by saying this, drinking and driving is never good.”

After realizing he was going to jail, Evans began mentioning his job in pleading with the officer.

“I don’t want to use who I am, but I would just ask that you take me to a motel,” Evans said. “But I am not trying to bribe you, but is there anything you can do without you arresting me?”

Evans was booked in the Atlanta City Jail, staying overnight and returning to Athens on Thursday morning.

At a news conference Thursday, Evans said he would not resign, and he hoped to keep his job.

“I do feel like my actions have put a black cloud over our storied program, one of which I never thought in my years here at the University of Georgia I would bring shame to this magnificent institution,” Evans said.

Evans will appear in Municipal Court on July 12 to enter a plea on charges of drunken driving, illegal lane change and failure to submit to an alcohol test.

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