University of Washington tight-end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been cited for drunk-driving after a car was pulled over in the University District late Saturday night, according to the school and police sources.
Two police sources, both of whom asked not to be named, said the 20-year-old Seferian-Jenkins was driving the car, although police spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson on Sunday said only that Seferian-Jenkins was among several people in the vehicle whose names were run by officers. Jamieson confirmed the driver was cited for drunk-driving and released, per SPD policy. He said additional information would be released once the report was made public.
UW Football Coach Steve Sarkisian said in a prepared statement that “We are are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins” and that the school was taking it “very seriously.”
“Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington,” Sarkisian said in a prepared statement. “He will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies. We will continue to support Austin throughout this process, while also holding him accountable and responsible for his actions.”
Jamieson said police stopped a car around 11:30 p.m near the 2200 block of Northeast Ravenna. The car contained several people, Seferian-Jenkins among them. Details of the stop and why the vehicle was target were not immediately available.
Seferian-Jenkins is a 6-foot-6, 266-pound tight-end who in his junior year at the UW hold several school records, 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 is considered one of the top tight ends in the country in 2013 and already has been tapped as a likely first-round NFL draft pick. He attended Gig Harbor High School.