An underage consumption of alcohol citation is nothing an Athens student wants to deal with. Neither, of course, is a hangover. But one University of Georgia is going to have to deal with both of those things, and he might actually consider himself lucky.
That's because when Athens-Clarke County police officers found the 20-year-old man early on Saturday morning, he was reportedly face-down on a lawn, covered in grass and dirt and "damp with vomit." If those observations regarding this apparent underage drinking incident are true, they indicate that the man was severely intoxicated to a point where his level of alcohol consumption posed a serious problem.
According to a police report, an officer asked the man how old he was and where he had been that night and the man could answer neither question logically or coherently. Because he could not answer even simple questions pertaining to himself, the man was arrested and taken to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. He has now been charged with underage consumption of alcohol.
Now, it is not great that officers did not perform any field sobriety tests or Breathalyzer tests ( as far as we know, anyhow). For all they know, the man could have been very ill, or having a reaction to medication or experiencing some other medical issue that mimicked drunkenness. If that is the case, the young man will want to hire a criminal defense attorney and attack the charges against him for sure.
Either way, we are glad this situation was resolved without him getting hurt. It would have been terrible if he had lain there all night with no one finding him.
Source: The Athens Red & Black, "Crime Notebook: University student arrested after being found 'face down in the grass on the sidewalk,'" Megan Ernst, April 2, 2012