Former Yellow Jacket Quarterback Arrested on DUI

Ex-Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton was arrested on drug, alcohol and hit-and-run charges early Tuesday, about a week after getting hired by his former team.

Hamilton, 31, is facing charges of marijuana possession, driving under the influence of alcohol, hit-and-run and open container, according to a Georgia Tech police report.

He was taken to Fulton County Jail.

The former Heisman Trophy runner-up was pulled over shortly after midnight by a Georgia Tech police officer because his black Ford Expedition matched the description of a car that had been involved in a hit-and-run collision nearby.

An officer smelled alcohol on Hamilton's breath, and asked him if he had been in an accident. According to the report, Hamilton admitted that he hit another motorist from behind.

Hamilton failed a series of field sobriety tests, including walking in a straight line and standing on one leg, the report states.

"He was unsteady on his feet while doing the exercise, and he was losing his balance during the evaluation," an officer wrote.

While Hamilton tried to stand on one leg, he was "swaying while trying to balance and was unable to keep his foot from touching the ground," the officer added.

Hamilton also agreed to take a breath test that measured his blood-alcohol content. In two attempts, he recorded a 0.193 and 0.199, the document said.

Reports say police found an open bottle of Heineken on the floor board behind a passenger seat and a marijuana cigarette in the ash tray of Hamilton's car.

The hit-and-run collision, meanwhile, occurred at Williams Street and North Avenue. The other motorist, Charles Curry Jr. of Decatur, told police he was stopped at a red light on Williams when another motorist rear-ended him.

Curry motioned for the other motorist to pull into a nearby parking lot but the motorist drove off, he told police.

According to the report, Hamilton told police that he "tried to wait on them [the other motorist] but it took the victim too long to arrive."

A witness got the driver's license plate number, which matched Hamilton's. Hamilton's car had white paint on its front bumper — the same color of Curry's car, which had a dent in the rear bumper, the report said.

Georgia Tech University Athletics Director Dan Radakovich issued the following statement:

"The matter is under investigation, and appropriate action will be taken upon completion of the investigation."

The 5-foot-10-inch quarterback played for Tech from 1996 to 1999. He led the team to an ACC championship in 1998, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy race the next year. He moved on to play in the NFL and the Arena Football League.

Hamilton joined the Tech staff on April 28 as the assistant director of player personnel. His duties include assisting with recruiting and helping the players.

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