ATHENS — UGA signee D’Antne Demery was arrested late Saturday night after his girlfriend alleged that Demery had grabbed her on the back of her neck, pushed her against a wall and grabbed her by the hair, according to a statement from Athens-Clarke County police.
Demery was arrested on one count of criminal trespass and one count of simple battery, both of which are misdemeanors.
Demery, who was booked Saturday night at 10:52 p.m., was released at 1:03 p.m. after posting bond of $1,850.
The victim, who according to the statement is the mother of Demery’s child, also told police that the player “has been physically violent with her in the past.”
A police report of the incident has not yet been released but an Athens-Clarke Country representative provided a synopsis of the events that led to Demery’s arrest:
“On 04/22/17 at approximately 2115 hours, Downtown officers were dispatched to the area of the Waffle House, in reference to a black male choking (strangling) a female. Upon arrival, both individuals had left the area. Moments later, the victim called 911; advising that she wished to press charges against D’Antne Demery for hitting her. Contact was made with the victim in front of Boars Head.
“She stated that she and Demery got into an argument; he began to get loud, she started to walk off, he told her ‘walk off again, and Imma show you.’ She began to walk away again, at which point, Demery came from behind her; grabbing her on the back of her neck; pushing her against the wall, and also grabbing her by the hair. They were eventually separated by friends. Demery was eventually able to reconnect with the victim, in which he threw her; causing her glasses to fall off, and her phone fell out of her hand; causing it to hit the ground which resulted in a crack to the screen.
“The victim and Demery are dating and have a one month old child together. They came to Athens to attend the G-Day game. Contact was eventually made with Demery who admitted to having physical contact with the victim. There was also an independent witness who saw the incident take place. The victim advised that Demery has been physically violent with her in the past. They are from Brunswick, Georgia. Demery was placed under arrest for the above charges; placed inside the Transport Van, and transported to the Clarke County Jail without incident.”
Demery signed with Georgia as a member of the 2017 recruiting class and is a four-star offensive tackle out of Brunswick.