Charges against Chandler Carter for the Jan. 15 Jeep Decay in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, involving a teammate and an employee
The University of Georgia star defensive lineman, projected as a top pick in the upcoming NFL draft, is facing charges relating to a crash that killed a teammate and a team employee.
Authorities believe alcohol played a part in the January 15 crash, which came just hours after the Georgia Bulldogs celebrated its second consecutive national championship in a parade through campus.
Police found LeCroy’s SUV was travelling at 104 mph before the crash. The warrant says LeCroy’s blood-alcohol concentration was .197 at the time of the crash. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has issued an arrest warrant, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, that alleges Carter was racing his 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against the 2021 Ford Expedition driven by the recruiting staffer, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, which led to the Jan. 15 wreck.
The evidence shows that both vehicles drove at high rates of speed, overtook others, and switched lanes in an apparent attempt to outdistance each other.
Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart said the charges announced against Carter are “deeply concerning, especially as we are still struggling to cope with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community.”
“We will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities while supporting these families and assessing what we can learn from this horrible tragedy,” Smart said in a written statement.
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Carter had been due in Indianapolis on Wednesday for the NFL scouting combine and is expected to address the arrest warrant when he returns to Athens, according to Lt. Shaun Barnett of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
The loss of two beloved members of our community is still unresolved and the charges announced today are concerning.
Minor injuries were sustained by Warren McClendon, the offensive lineman who had just announced his plans to enter the NFL draft. Georgia football staffer Victoria Bowles was hospitalized with more serious injuries.
Georgia athletic department officials said LeCroy’s vehicle was expected to only be used for recruiting, not personal use.