UGA RB Etienne booked on DUI, other charges

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Georgia running back Trevor Etienne was arrested early Sunday on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and two other misdemeanors, according to online records.

Etienne, a Florida transfer and the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne, was booked at 4:35 a.m. Sunday in the Athens-Clarke Jail and released about an hour later after posting bond.

The 20-year-old faces charges of DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane/improper driving on the road and affixing materials that reduce visibility of windows/windshield. Etienne’s DUI charge is classified as “less safe,” which in Georgia means he can be convicted even if his blood alcohol level is less than .08.    

He has been projected as Georgia’s top running back after transferring in from Florida, where he rushed for 1,472 yards and 14 touchdowns on 249 carries in two seasons. Etienne was an ESPN top-200 recruit in the 2022 class.

“We are aware of the charges and are currently in the process of gathering additional information,” said Steven Drummond, Georgia executive associate athletic director for strategic communications. “This is a pending legal matter and we will not have further comment at this time.”

Etienne has been practicing with Georgia this spring.

Georgia has had a string of driving-related problems involving players in and around Athens, including an incident in January 2023 where recruiting staff member Chandler LeCroy and player Devin Willock were killed while racing a car driven by star defensive lineman Jalen Carter. Both cars were traveling at more than 100 miles an hour.

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