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Former Georgia, Saints CB Damian Swann arrested for reckless driving while going 100 mph

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Damian Swann, a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, was charged with reckless driving and speeding after being clocked at 100 mph in Athens.
Damian Swann, a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, was charged with reckless driving and speeding after being clocked at 100 mph in Athens.

Former Georgia cornerback Damian Swann, who now plays for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police on March 18 on reckless driving and speeding charges.

Swann was pulled over in his 2016 Jaguar XF S on inner loop 10 near College Station Rd. at 2:17 a.m. on Friday. A police officer used a radar gun to record Swann driving 100 mph in a 65 mph zone while passing another driver who was to exiting on an off ramp. The radar gun initially picked up a speed of 81 mph and increasing, with the speed hitting 100 mph as he passed the other driver.

Swann was arrested and received the reckless driving charge, according to the police report, because he was "driving 35 mph over the posted speed limit and was driving in complete disregard for the safety of his passenger and the motorist that he passed."

According to Georgia statute 40-6-390b, those convicted of reckless driving are guilty of a misdemeanor and can receive jail time "not to exceed 12 months." A fine no greater than $1,000 can also be imposed.

The incident was recorded on both a body camera and a dash camera. An Athens-Clarke County Police representative said neither video can be released until the case is adjudicated.

Swann was asked to exit the vehicle during his stop and did so willingly. He told the officer he had two handguns in the vehicle, to which he had concealed carry permits for. Swann’s vehicle and firearms were turned over into the possession of a passenger riding with him, who The Telegraph decided not to name since he was not charged with a crime.

Swann was booked at 3:16 a.m. on Friday and was released at 4:13 a.m. after posting a $2,000 cash bond.

Swann played at Georgia from 2011-14 and was selected by the Saints in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft. As a rookie, Swann totaled 22 tackles and earned playing time as New Orleans’ nickel defender. Swann’s rookie year came to an early close, however, after he sustained a third concussion in December, which forced the Saints to place him on injured reserve.

As a senior at Georgia, Swann emerged as one of Georgia’s defensive leaders both on and off the field. His college career concluded with 180 tackles, 12 interceptions and 4 sacks. He was named one of Georgia’s permanent team captains in 2014 and earned second-team All-SEC honors.

Following the 2012 season, Swann was named Georgia’s Most Improved Player on the roster.

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