Details of Georgia RB James Cook's arrest reportedly shed more light on incident
Georgia running back James Cook was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of driving with an invalid license and open container, and details are beginning to emerge about how the incident unfolded.
According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department arrest report, an officer observed a Dodge Charger around 12:44 a.m. ET on December 14 traveling east on East Clayton Street in downtown Athens. The car had a dealer tag and when the officer maneuvered behind the vehicle to observe the date on the tag, the driver immediately moved into the middle lane, Dawgs247 reported.
The officer was suspicious that the driver was trying to prevent him from seeing the date on the tag and when he called in the number, the officer learned that the insurance status was unknown, which caused him to turn on on his emergency lights.
The officer then was further suspicious because when the vehicle pulled into a handicap parking space, both the driver and the passenger in the right front seat quickly left the car.
The officer then noticed a strong scent of burnt marijuana. Cook, the driver, told the officer that there was no more marijuana in the vehicle because he had smoked it already. The officer also observed “shake” (flakes and/or residue) on the console of the car.
Because of the smell and the shake observed, the officer requested to search the vehicle where no more marijuana was found. The officer did, however, find an opened 1.75 liter bottle of Hennessy cognac. Cook told the officer that he didn’t have his license, and when the officer checked with his central command, he found that Cook’s Florida-issued license was not valid. The officer checked for Cook’s license with full name and date of birth.
Cook was arrested on the two charges and taken to the Athens-Clarke County jail where he was booked and released on $1,000 bond for each charge.
Georgia is set to play Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, but Cook’s status is unknown. Cook this season has 176 rushing yards on 28 carries and 132 receiving yards on 16 catches.