UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged today with a misdemeanor DUI by the Seattle City Attorney’s office following its investigation into an incident on March 9 when the junior was arrested following a one-car accident on March 9 at 22 Avenue NE and Ravenna Avenue NE.
The Seattle City Attorney’s office said Seferian-Jenkins registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, above the state’s legal limit of .08 percent. He will be sent a summons to appear in Seattle Municipal Court at a later date. (Here are details of the incident).
The maximum penalty for this charge is up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 penalty.
Following the incident, Seferian-Jenkins was indefinitely suspended by UW coach Steve Sarkisian, pending an investigation and has not participated in any official team activities since his suspension.
Sarkisian said at the time when the investigation is completed “we will make the decisions necessary based on our team rules and our schools’ policies that are fair to him and fair to us and we will move forward and we will support him.’’
UW’s official student-athlete code of conduct states in part: “When a student-athlete has been arrested or charged with a violation of criminal law, the student-athlete will be placed on administrative suspension from all team activities pending further investigation. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a misdemeanor offense, the head coach may lift the administrative suspension after obtaining the approval of the sport administrator. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a felony, the administrative suspension may be lifted only upon authorization of the Director of Athletics.’’
The 6-foot-6, 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins will be a junior in the fall of 2013, a season in which he figured to be a potential All-American and a leading contender for the Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in the country. He was one of three finalists for the award in 2012.
Seferian-Jenkins, a graduate of Gig Harbor High. already holds a number of UW single-season and career records for tight ends, including career receptions by a tight-end (110); career receiving yards by a tight-end (1,388) and career touchdown receptions by a tight-end (13).
He was named as UW’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2012 when he caught 69 passes for 850 yards, both single-season records for a tight end, and looms as an equally big part of the offense again in 2013.
Washington opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Boise State.
Without Seferian-Jenkins, UW has worked this spring with juniors Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson sharing the top tight end duties backed up by sophomore Josh Perkins. David Ajamu arrives in the fall.