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UGA's Washington suspended 2 games for DUI charge

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COMMERCE, Ga. (AP/WRCB) - University of Georgia starting linebacker Cornelius Washington will miss at least two games after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence and speeding by police.

Coach Mark Richt announced the suspension late Sunday afternoon, citing UGA Athletic Association policy that requires a minimum suspension of 20-percent of the season.

"It will be at least that," Richt told reporters.

The Bulldogs' next two games are at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt.

The Commerce Police Department's incident report says Washington was stopped at 1:48 a.m. Sunday for driving a Dodge Journey at 92 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer said in the report that the 22-year-old said he had been drinking, but "it had been several hours prior."

It says Washington failed a series of field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 on a breath test. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said Washington was booked into the Jackson County Jail overnight Sunday and released on a $3,500 bond.

"He's sick," Richt told reporters. "He feels awful. He knows that he let the team down, let his coaches down, let his family down, the Bulldog Nation in general. He understands there's going to be a price to be paid and he's going to take his punishment like a man and come back and finish strong for us. That's kind of his state of mind right now."

Washington had four tackles, including two sacks, in Saturday's 24-10 win over Mississippi State. For the season, the junior has a team-high 3.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries.

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