Arrest warrant issued for potential NFL top draft pick Jalen Carter for involvement in fatal car accident in January

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Georgia Bulldogs defenseman Jalen Carter (88) looks on during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl semifinal game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on December 31, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jalen Carter was selected as a possible No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

An arrest warrant has been issued for potential NFL No. 1 draft pick Jalen Carter for his alleged role in a January traffic accident that killed a teammate and a University of Georgia recruiter.

The Georgia defense attorney is wanted by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department for reckless driving and racing after an investigation found Carter allegedly street raced with Chandler LeCroy on January 15. Both Georgia staffer LeCroy and offensive Georgia lineman Devin Willock were killed when the Ford Expedition LeCroy went off the road at high speed and struck two telephone poles. Two other occupants of LeCroy’s vehicle were injured and police quickly determined that speed was a contributing factor to the accident.

From Athens-Clarke County Police:

The investigation found that Chandler LeCroy, driver of the 2021 Ford Expedition, and Jalen Carter, driver of a 2021 Jeep Trackhawk, operated their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing shortly after leaving downtown Athens at approximately 2:30 a.m Evidence showed both vehicles were changing lanes, driving in the center turn lane, driving in opposite lanes, passing other motorists and driving at high speeds in an apparent attempt to pass one another. Evidence suggested the expedition was traveling at about 104 miles per hour just before the crash. The toxicology report showed Leroy’s blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 0.197. Investigators determined that alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving and speed were significant factors contributing to the accident.”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Carter was at the scene of the crash and left before emergency responders arrived. According to the report, “he was giving mixed accounts of the wreckage when an Athens police officer questioned him if he had been racing the crashed car” after returning to the scene about 90 minutes after the crash.

The AJC report notes that police were able to obtain surveillance video from city cameras along the route taken by the vehicles on the night of the accident. The crash happened in the early hours of the morning after the national championship celebration in Georgia, and players and members of the recruitment staff were last at a strip club in downtown Athens and on their way to a waffle house when the crash happened.

The Expedition that LeCroy drove was leased from the university, and Georgia officials have told the AJC that she was not authorized to drive the vehicle. Linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson was also questioned at the scene of the accident. He was charged last week with reckless driving in another incident in January.

Carter is a potential #1 pick

Carter is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the NFL draft and a possible No. 1 pick if the Chicago Bears don’t make a deal with a team trying to draft a No. 1 pick QB.

Carter has played a key role for Georgia as the Bulldogs have won back-to-back national titles. He has had six sacks and 18.5 tackles for losses over the past two seasons. Carter had to deal with a knee injury that meant he missed time in 2022 but was still the focus of constant doubles teams while on the field. A season ago, as a junior, he had a total of 32 tackles in 13 games. Arrest warrant issued for potential NFL top draft pick Jalen Carter for involvement in fatal car accident in January

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