Husky TE Seferian-Jenkins under investigation for driving under the influence


SEATTLE — Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains under investigation for driving under the influence after a one-car accident Saturday night in the University District.

A Seattle City Attorney’s office spokeswoman said Monday charges from the incident are pending until toxicology results come in on blood taken from Seferian-Jenkins early Sunday morning.

Seferian-Jenkins was cited after the car he was driving was found in an open catch basin at the southern end of Ravenna City Park after leaving the roadway and driving over a small planted tree and the sidewalk.

The report of the incident states an officer “came across a traffic collision” at 22nd Avenue NE and Ravenna Avenue NE at 11:29 p.m., where the driver was found with a bloody nose. The injury, the police report states, “was consistent with hitting his face on the windshield of the crashed vehicle.”

There was apparently no other car involved. The vehicle was found to have “a star-shaped fracture to the windshield on the driver’s side.” The driver was found to have “a bloody nose and what appeared to be dried blood on his face and shirt.”

The name of the driver was redacted from the police report but two sources confirmed to The Seattle Times that Seferian-Jenkins, 20, was the suspect, and UW released a statement confirming Seferian-Jenkins’ involvement in an incident Saturday night.

The police report stated a witness said the vehicle was traveling “at high speed” before the accident. The driver was found standing outside the vehicle and, according to the report, had the “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, thick-tongued speech and watery, bloodshot eyes.”

Seferian-Jenkins initially objected to medical treatment, the report states, but eventually was placed on a backboard and in a neck collar and transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He was declared under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence before being taken to Harborview.

At the hospital, Seferian-Jenkins asked to speak with a lawyer, eventually speaking with an on-call public defender. He refused to submit to a blood draw, again asking to speak to an attorney. He was told he had already spoken to one, and a search warrant for the blood draw was applied for and granted, and the blood draw was executed at 3:34 a.m. Seferian-Jenkins was then released into hospital care and later released from Harborview.

A UW spokesman said the school would have no comment other than a statement from football coach Steve Sarkisian on Sunday. In that statement, Sarkisian said, “We are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins” and that the school was taking it “very seriously.”

“Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington,” Sarkisian said in the statement. “He will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies. We will continue to support Austin throughout this process, while also holding him accountable and responsible for his actions.”

The statement did not specify whether Seferian-Jenkins could miss any games in 2013, a season in which he figures to be a potential All-American.

Washington’s student-athlete code of conduct states in part: “When a student-athlete has been arrested or charged with a violation of criminal law, the student-athlete will be placed on administrative suspension from all team activities pending further investigation. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a misdemeanor offense, the head coach may lift the administrative suspension after obtaining the approval of the sport administrator. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a felony, the administrative suspension may be lifted only upon authorization of the Director of Athletics.”

Washington is scheduled to hold its fourth of 15 spring practices Tuesday night.

Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-foot-6, 266-pounder, will be a junior in 2013. He was one of three finalists last season for the Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in the country.

Seferian-Jenkins, a graduate of Gig Harbor High School, holds a number of UW season and career records for tight ends, including career receptions by a tight end (110); career receiving yards by a tight end (1,388) and career touchdown receptions by a tight end (13).

He was named as UW’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2012, when he caught 69 passes for 850 yards, each records for a tight end. He would be expected to be a big part of the offense again this fall, when the Huskies hope to improve on a three-year cycle of 7-6 seasons and emerge as a contender for the Pac-12 North title.