UGA sophomore placekicker Marshall Morgan was arrested on Saturday and charged with boating under the influence, The Eatonton Messenger has reported.
Morgan was spotted via helicopter by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers “operating a watercraft towing two inner tubes without a spotter, which is a violation of Georgia boating regulations.”
DNR Ranger Cpl. Lynn Stanford responded to the incident and approached the boat. Stanford said Morgan appeared to be under the influence, so he administered a field sobriety test. Morgan refused the state test.
“He admitted to drinking, and I administered a field sobriety test. He refused the state test,” Stanford said.
From The Eatonton Messenger:
Under new BUI laws, which took effect May 15, boaters under the age of 21 may only register a .02 blood-alcohol content—as opposed to the .08 limit for persons over 21—to be in violation. Stanford said the breath test he performed indicated “the presence of alcohol” which was substantial enough to make the arrest.
According to a report from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan was processed at 7:39 p.m. on June 29 and charged with operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol and towing a skier without an observer onboard. The first offense carries a $1,556 fine; the second a $168 fine.
UGA has yet to comment on penalties Marshall Morgan may receive as a result of the arrest, but it is very likely that he will be suspended for at least the Clemson game.
Back in May, sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons was questioned over a marijuana incident on campus. He has been suspended for the Clemson game.