ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Georgia all-American tight end and current NFL draft prospect Orson Charles was arrested for driving under the influence early Friday morning in Athens.
Charles, whom ESPN rates as the No. 3 available tight end in the upcoming draft, was charged with DUI and impeding traffic flow by Athens-Clarke County police after being stopped at approximately 3 a.m.
According to the police report, Charles was stopped in the roadway at South Milledge Avenue and Morton Avenue when a police officer pulled up behind him to check if his vehicle was disabled. Charles then began to drive away and the officer followed him a short distance before pulling over the vehicle.
Charles submitted to sobriety tests and registered a .095 blood alcohol level and was arrested for DUI. He was booked into Clarke County Jail at 4:31 a.m. and released on $1,750 bond at 5:29 a.m.
Charles, 21, announced in January that he would leave Georgia after a standout junior season in which he was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which goes to the nation’s top college tight end. He made 45 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns last season, completing his career with 10 touchdown catches -- which ties for the UGA record for tight ends.