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Blog: Alcohol involved in Commings’ domestic violence charge

The police investigation that led to the domestic violence/simple battery charge against Georgia starting cornerback Sanders Commings determined that alcohol was involved in the early Saturday morning incident, according to a UGA police report obtained today by the Athens Banner-Herald.

There were no visible injuries apparent to the alleged victim and she declined medical attention, police said.

The woman, 23, is a UGA student who “lives” or “lived together” with Commings, according to the report.

The woman was a passenger in a vehicle that stopped beside a partrol car at the entrance for University Family House Building D Saturday at 1:19 a.m. because the driver was trying to get the attention of police, the report said. The driver told police that one of the passengers, who was in the backseat, was just involved in a domestic incident.

Police determined there was probable cause that an incident occurred in downtown Athens at Broad and Jackson Streets at about 1 a.m. The report alleged that Commings “made unwanted physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.”

UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson said Saturday: “Bystanders got involved and separated the parties and it became apparent that during the separation of them that he struck her in the face,”

Under a question about the “number of previous complaints as advised by the victim,” a box is checked for “1-5,” according to the family violence incident report released by UGA police.

After a warrant was issued, Commings was arrested on the misdemeanor charge at about 8:30 a.m at his off campus apartment. He was booked into the Clarke County Jail and released on $1,000 bond before 5 p.m. Saturday.

Georgia has not announced any discipline yet for Commings, a rising senior.

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