Details of Jonathan Ledbetter arrest released
Ledbetter registered blood-alcohol readings of .131 and .138 according to the report, and it shows in the details of the police’s interaction with him.
At 5:30 a.m. Sunday Athens-Clarke County police responded to a call that a car was blocking traffic. Police arrived at Barnett Shoals and Lexington Roads and parked a car in front of Ledbetter’s Dodge Avenger to prevent it from rolling into traffic.
The police then began attempting to wake and speak to Ledbetter. That task proved more complicated than one might expect, per Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald:
Ledbetter did not wake up after numerous knocks on the window, yelling out for him to wake up and shaking the car, according to the report.
Four officers total and EMS arrived on scene and attempted to wake Ledbetter up, even turning on a siren.
After 20 minutes of being unable to get Ledbetter to respond, police eventually were able to open the door with a “lock jock.” Police after several more attempts woke up Ledbetter, who said he had not been sleeping.
Once awake, Ledbetter told police he was “home.” He told officers he had drank two Bud Light Platinums.
Ledbetter appeared very confused when asked to take sobriety tests.
“I explained to Mr. Ledbetter that I was asking him if he would submit to a breath test and that I needed a yes or no,” the report states, per Weiszer. “He proceeded to explain that he knows what’s going on in the world now with cops shooting black people and he also said that he wanted to know if he passed the test or not so that he could take his boys home. There was no one in the car except for Mr. Ledbetter when I arrived on the scene. He also says he feels like this is a hate crime.”
Despite his confusion, Ledbetter did realize the incident could mean the end of his football career at Georgia.
Upon agreeing to a breath test, Ledbetter identified himself as a member of the Bulldogs and told police that he “does not need to get into any more trouble because he is going to get kicked off of the team and that he needs to provide for his mother and family.”