Kasen Williams, a wide receiver for the University of Washington, was arrested and cited for underage drinking near Lake Chelan, reports The News Tribune.
Williams joins star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins as UW football players who have been charged with illegally consuming alcohol before reaching the age of 21. It's unclear if Williams will be charged with a DUI.
Police say the 20-year-old Williams was driving 45 mph in a 30-mph zone. After the police stopped him, they say the football player had very watery and lightly red eyes. They also say that Williams reportedly smelled of alcohol and marijuana. A glass pipe usually used for smoking marijuana was found near Williams' unidentified passenger.
Williams was administered a Breathalyzer test and the 20-year-old blew a 0.059 and 0.056. Both results are well below the legal limit of 0.08 for adults. However, because Williams is under 21 years of age, the legal limit that applies to minors is 0.02 and the football star could face DUI charges along with the underage drinking charges.
College students and others who drink before they reach the legal drinking age should be aware that they are subject to a much lower legal drinking and driving limit. For certain drivers, they may be presumed drunk after consuming as little as one beer. An underage driver who tests above 0.02 blood alcohol level may face a DUI charge even if they are not otherwise impaired.
If you have been charged with drunk driving or underage drinking in the Seattle or King County areas, it is important that you work with experienced counsel. Contrary to popular opinion, a DUI conviction is very serious and can impact you for life.
Contact the experienced DUI defense attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense by calling 425-284-2000 if you need assistance with your DUI defense.