Former Georgia Defensive Tackle Jalen Carter Avoids Jail Time In Fatal Car Crash Case, Receives Probation And Community Service

Photo: Instagram/Jalen Carter

Jalen Carter, a former Georgia defensive tackle and top NFL Draft prospect, has reportedly avoided jail time after pleading no contest in his reckless driving and racing case.

According to Seth Emerson of The Athletic, Carter will receive 12 months probation, pay a $1,000 fine, perform 80 hours of community service, and complete a driving course as part of his sentence.

The case stems from a car crash on January 15 that left two people dead, including a Georgia offensive lineman and a team staff member.

Photo: Instagram/Jalen Carter 

Carter was booked and released after posting bond on Wednesday night before returning to Indianapolis, where he was attending the NFL scouting combine.

Reports indicate that Carter was present at the scene of the accident but left before emergency personnel arrived and gave shifting accounts of the wreck when questioned by an Athens police officer.

However, Carter's attorney stated that he did not cause the accident and was not under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal substance at the time.

The news of Carter's arrest warrant prompted speculation about how it could affect his draft stock, with some scouts suggesting he could still be a top pick despite the incident.

However, Carter's pro day performance this week was reportedly lackluster, and the No. 1 pick in the draft was traded to the Carolina Panthers, likely for a quarterback.

With several other teams also in need of a quarterback, there may be limited options for Carter in a draft full of other top-end defensive prospects.

Despite this, the outcome of Carter's case is still seen as a positive one, given that he avoided jail time.

He will now have to focus on improving his draft stock and showing teams that he has learned from his mistakes.

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Source: Yahoo Sports
 

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