UGA RB King arrested for failing to appear in court on speeding ticket

Georgia running back Caleb King was arrested this morning on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court in Walton County for a speeding ticket.

King was arrested after his brother, Brandon King, 23, was pulled over by Athens-Clarke County police at 3:59 a.m. for driving without a working tag light on a 1996 Ford Explorer, according to a police incident report.

Caleb King, 22, was not with his brother in the vehicle when Brandon King, 23, was arrested for not having a valid driver’s license, but he came to the scene after police asked Brandon to call the owner of the vehicle. The car is owned by Georgia defensive end Brandon Wood, who arrived with Caleb King at Barnett Shoals Road and Gaines School Road, where the vehicle was pulled over, according to the report.

King was going to drive home a vehicle home to his apartment while Wood drove home the vehicle he owned.

When the officer checked their licenses to make sure they were valid, it was discovered that Caleb King did not have a valid license and the outstanding warrant issued on Aug. 9 from Walton County showed up. That warrant was for failure to appear in court three days earlier after police clocked King going 76 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on June 20th, according to Cindy Hester of the Walton County Sheriff’s Department.

“Any time you’re cited, you’re released on a traffic ticket in lieu of bond,” Walton County Chief Deputy Bruce Wright said. “Obviously he didn’t show up.”

Caleb King is facing fines totaling $380 after not appearing in court, Hester said.

King was pulled over at New Hope Church Road in Highway 78 in June, Hester said

King told police then that he was speeding because his sister was having a baby.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton said in an e-mail: “Coach (Mark) Richt is aware of the situation and is continuing to gather information.”

King is the 11th Georgia football player arrested this year.

He was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 5:08 a.m. and released on bond at 10:45 a.m., according to the jail’s online booking report.

The redshirt junior is Georgia’s second leading rusher. He started Saturday’s 41-14 win and led the Bulldogs in rushing with 58 yards on 13 carries.

King was arrested in 2007 by university police after riding a motor scooter the wrong way on a one-way street on campus. A computer check showed his license had been suspended.