Even though it's just mid-July, plenty of Washingtonians are already looking ahead to the upcoming football season. And for Huskies fans, this next story certainly won't constitute good news - but it could have been a lot worse.
Back on May 26, UW wide receiver Kasen Williams was pulled over near the city of Chelan for driving 45mph in a 30mph zone. When WSP officers questioned the 20-year old Williams at his car, they noticed an odor of intoxicants, Williams' watery and red eyes, and a piece of marijuana-smoking paraphernalia in the back seat. Further questioning revealed that Williams had drunk a beer and smoked pot several hours earlier. A subsequent breath test administered by the officers at the scene registered a blood alcohol content of .054.
Since Williams was a minor, he could have been charged with driving under the influence even though his BAC was below the legal limit of .08. His admissions to drinking beer and smoking pot would also be enough to sustain such a charge. However, Williams was only charged with "driving after having consumed alcohol and/or drugs," which is not a felony like a DUI can be. He appeared in court in Wenatchee earlier this month, and received two years of probation and paid a fine of almost $700.
It's not known whether UW head coach Steve Sarkissian will suspend Williams for any games in the 2013 season, nor why he wasn't charged with actual DUI. But Huskies fans should thank their lucky stars that Williams won't be in jail and/or kicked off the team when the season begins.