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Seferian-Jenkins in accident, intoxicated, according to police

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 11, 2013 at 9:05 am with No Comments »
March 11, 2013 10:09 am

According to the Seattle Police Department report, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was in an one-car accident Saturday night after his vehicle swerved off the road in the north part of Seattle’s U District, then later refused to submit to a blood test.

When police arrived, they found “the car at rest in an open catch basin at the southern end of Ravenna city park after leaving the roadway and driving over a small planted tree and the sidewalk.”

Seferian-Jenkins, 20, was outside the car with a bloody nose and dried blood on his shirt, according to the report. The windshield of the car had a “star-shaped fracture,” according to the report.

The officer called an ambulance and insisted Seferian-Jenkins be taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated. The officer also said in his report, “I immediately noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, thick tongued speech, and watery bloodshot eyes, all of which are consistent with someone who has consumed a significant amount of alcohol.” He told Seferian-Jenkins he was under arrest at that point on suspicion of DUI.

Seferian-Jenkins was transported to Harborview in a neck brace and on a stretcher, according to the report, though the report says he did not want to go.

Seferian-Jenkins repeatedly asked to speak to his lawyer, but provided a name that the officer could not locate in the Washington State Bar Association web site.

There, Seferian-Jenkins “made it known” he was objecting to medical attention and wanted to speak with his lawyer. He eventually spoke with the on-call public defender, according to the report.

He refused to take the blood test, according to the report, which led the officer to obtaining a search warrant for blood. The hospital drew Seferian-Jenkins’ blood and is waiting on the test results.

The officer released Seferian-Jenkins from custody at 3:40 a.m. Sunday and left him in the hospital’s care.

Seferian-Jenkins’ name is redacted in the report. The University of Washington distributed a statement specific to Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday, saying they were “aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins.” Seattle police said Sunday Seferian-Jenkins’ name had been run by officers. His last name was also apparent throughout the report.

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