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Friday, July 2, 2010 - 1:56pm

Evans' Future at UGA Uncertain After DUI Arrest

Updated: 4 years ago.
A police report says UGA Athletic Director Damon Evans repeatedly told the arresting officer who he was. (photo courtesy University of Georgia)

The fate of University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans' career could be determined as early as Tuesday.
That's when UGA President Michael Adam's has scheduled a press conference.

Evans was arrested for drunk driving late Wednesday. According to the police report, Evans said, "I am not trying to bribe you but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia." He also asked the officer if there was "anything you can do without arresting me."

Evans apologized in a news conference Thursday saying he wants to stay at UGA. Evans said UGA president Michael Adams is being supportive but cautious.

"I believe that Dr. Adams wants to work through that with me, but at the same time, I think it depends on how things play out," said Evans. "If I bring too much shame or embarrassment to this institution, no telling what may happen."

The police report released yesterday details the incident.

Evans' passenger was 28 year old Courtney Fuhrmann. She was arrested for disorderly conduct.

In the report, the trooper noted Evans had a pair of red panties between his legs and asked the athletic director "What her panties were doing in his side of the seat. He stated, ‘She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.' "

Evans told the trooper "there was nothing there" between him and the woman "because he had a wife and family."

An excerpt of the report shows Evans, a father of two, tried to get off on a warning:

"I don't want to use who I am, but I would just ask that you take me to the a Motel." The subject also stated, "we go through life and we all drink and jump in a car." He stated, "I felt that I was good, but maybe not." ... The subject again asked if I would let him go to a Motel and stated, "I will agree with you by saying this, drinking and driving is never good." While transporting the subject to the City of Atlanta Jail, Ms. Fuhrmann was talking to Mr. Evans and stated that she was mad because he was going to get off and she was not. Mr. Evans asked me if there was anything that he could do to get a warning and I told him I don't issue warnings for DUI."... While standing the sally port of the jail, Ms. Fuhrmann stated, 'I promise you one thing, he will get off."

Just how the ordeal will affect Evans' career at UGA is unclear. In a statement released before this incident report came out, President Adams said he will "reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel."

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