Washington All-American candidate Austin Seferian-Jenkins will serve one day in jail after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge in Seattle Municipal Court today.
Seferian-Jenkins, 20, was arrested March 9 in the Ravenna area after being involved in a one-car accident. He originally pleaded not guilty to the drunken driving charge, but changed his plea today.
He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, 363 of which were suspended. He is expected to
UPDATE: Seferian-Jenkins was put on five years’ probation and fined $695, the lowest amount allowed for a DUI offense.
Seferian-Jenkins released a statement to the media through his attorney, Bill Kirk:
“On March 9, 2013, I fell well short of what is expected of me as a student athlete and a citizen of this community. I want everyone to know how sorry I am for the disappointment and embarrassment I have caused. I especially want to apologize to the entire University of Washington family for not living up to my expectations.
“I hope that everyone can learn from my mistake so that they do not commit the same lapse in judgment that I committed this past March. I was always raised to be a man of my word, and I promised everyone shortly after this incident that I would accept responsibility for my actions. Today, I kept my word and will accept punishment because I deserve it. I also want everyone to know that I will continue to learn from this mistake and will attempt to educate others to the dangers of drinking and driving. I understand that I am very fortunate that no one else was injured by my terrible lapse in judgment. To all my supporters, thank you for standing by me, but please learn from my mistake and never, ever drink and drive. I plan to move on from this, and continue to work hard to earn your respect back. Again, I am deeply sorry for my actions and I hope that at some point, you can all forgive me.”
According to the city attorney’s office, Seferian-Jenkins registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, above the state’s legal limit of .08 percent
He was suspended from team activities in the spring by UW coach Steve Sarkisian. Seferian-Jenkins has resumed informal workouts with teammates this summer, but it remains unclear whether he will miss any games after his guilty plea.
The Huskies open the 2013 season against Boise State at new Husky Stadium on Aug. 31.
A 6-foot-6 tight end out of Gig Harbor High School, Seferian-Jenkins holds most of UW’s records for a tight end. Many project him as a future first-round pick in the NFL Draft.