CBS: Ex-UGA AD Gets “12 Months Confinement”

CBS-TV affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta first reported today that Damon Evans quietly pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a well-publicized, DUI charge in Atlanta on July 1.

Damon Evans facing jail after pleading guilty to DUI?

As part of his quilty plea, WGCL reported Evans was ordered to pay a $1,191.50 fine, complete 40 hours of community service “and must serve 12 months confinement.

Damon Evans facing jail after pleading guilty to DUI?

The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION though had a different accounting of the penalties Evans will face from the Atlanta court - at least according to Evans’ attorney.

Alexis Stevens of the AJC reported today after the WGCL story:

As a first time offender, Evans will not serve jail time for the crime, his attorney told the AJC.

Evans was sentenced to 12 months probation, 40 hours of community service and must pay a fine of $750, attorney Michael Weiner told the AJC. In addition, Evans was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation and participate in a panel for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.

Quite a disparity in the reports, though in this case, absent official court records (for now), I’d be inclined to side with Evans’ attorney on the veracity of the reports of Evans’ punishment. I will update when the actual facts have been established from the court decision.

On July 16 the arresting officer involved in the Evans’ case reported that a married, teary and obviously inebriated Evans tried to use his position as UGA AD to talk the officer out of charging him with a DUI - and that Evans was also found to be accompanied by a female who wasn’t his wife.

And that he had her red panties between his legs.

Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA-JOURNAL CONSTITUTION also reported of Evans’ female companion, 29-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann, when he was stopped by the arresting officer:

Courtney Fuhrmann Photo Mugshot Arrested During Damon Evans DUI

The University of Georgia released cell-phone records Friday that show about 250 text messages exchanged, over a period of a few weeks, between former athletics director Damon Evans and the woman who was in the car with him when he was arrested.

On July 6, Evans was terminated from his position at the Univ. of Georgia and subsequently replaced by Greg McGarity.

WSB-TV in Atlanta reported today, “Evans and his family now live in the Boston area where he works as a consultant.”

Despite the conflicting reports on what the court will demand of Evans, I can confirm one thing.

Damon Evans Drunk Driving PSA

He won’t be filming a DUI public service announcement - as he did before his arrest - as part of his punishment.

UPDATE: WSB-TV’s Zach Klein sent me the official case document detailing Evans’ punishment.

Damon Evans facing jail after pleading guilty to DUI?

The court doc indicates no jail time for Evans but 12 months “private probation.”

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