WKU lineman George arrested and charged with DUI

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Western Kentucky defensive lineman Jaylon George was arrested Saturday in Bowling Green on charges of careless driving and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

George, 20, was placed in the Warren County Regional Jail at 3:43 a.m. Saturday and released at 9:46 a.m.

"We are aware of the situation involving (George) and are currently in the process of gathering more information," WKU associate athletic director of communications and media relations Kyle Neaves told WBKO.

According to the incident report obtained by WBKO, officer Ed Pulley observed George operating a white Chrysler in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1600 block of the 31W Bypass at 2:37 a.m. Saturday. George pulled out of the parking lot in front of vehicles in the right southbound lane forcing vehicles to break suddenly to prevent from hitting George's vehicle.

After vehicles in the southbound lane stopped, George pulled forward, stopped and then started backing up into the parking lot. George then pulled onto the 31W Bypass and made a left turn on Cabell Street at a high rate of speed.

Upon contact with George, Pulley could smell a strong odor of marijuana and red, blood-shot eyes with a glassy, glossy-like appearance. George stated he drank one beer around two hours ago and submitted to a standardized field sobriety test.

Pulley noticed George's pupils were dilated, George had a very slow reaction to light and had a strong odor of marijuana coming from his person. George advised he had a sore shoulder and hip and was not sure if he could take the balance portion of the SFST without that affecting him.

George submitted to a preliminary breathalyzer test which detected a very low presence of alcoholic drink. Pulley asked George to submit to an additional advanced roadside impaired driving standard field sobriety test and George agreed to do so and Pulley observed clues indicating impairment associated with marijuana use.

George then advised he had been smoking marijuana and during a search of George's person Pulley located marijuana residue inside the front pocket of George's hoodie. George was transported to the Medical Center at Bowling Green for a blood draw and was read the implied consent before being taken to the Warren County Regional Jail.

George (6-3, 275) has played in five games this season for WKU and recorded a total of two tackles. He transferred to Western after two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M including a redshirt season in 2015.

George was third on the 2016 NOAM team with 77 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks while adding a team-best 12 tackles for loss. George had multiple sacks in five contests and multiple tackles for loss in three, and forced three fumbles.

George played his high school football at North Clayton High School in Atlanta.

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