Georgia football: Details emerge about arrests of Natrez Patrick, Jayson Stanley

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Natrez Patrick has 35 tackles in nine games this season for Georgia.

ATHENS ― Georgia football players Natrez Patrick and Jayson Stanley were arrested during a traffic stop in which Barrow County, Ga., officers smelled the odor of marijuana on each player, according to the arrest report released Monday.

Stanley was driving a car that was pulled over for speeding at 11:50 p.m. on Saturday in Winder. Patrick was in the passenger seat. Stanley was arrested on charges of DUI, speeding and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Patrick was arrested on charges of possessing of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

Both players started the SEC Championship Game on Saturday night. Patrick finished with 3 tackles, while Stanley didn’t have a catch but got snaps on offense and special teams.

Patrick has been arrested three times on marijuana possession charges at UGA, and a third offense means automatic dismissal, according to the UGA student-athlete handbook. Coach Kirby Smart, when asked about the status of both Patrick and Stanley on Sunday afternoon, did not announce any discipline, saying, “Natrez and Jayson, obviously I’m disappointed in some of the actions there. But we still don’t have all the information completely in from that. So their discipline will be handled internally.”

According to the report:

Stanley was pulled over when his car , traveling westbound on University Parkway in Winder, was clocked going 82 mph in a 65-mph zone. The car was “weaving back and forth within” its lane, according to the report. The police officer turned on the patrol car’s lights to signal the driver to pull over, which Stanley did after pulling over partly onto the shoulder.

When officer James Gann came to the driver’s side window, he “immediately smelled to (sic) over powering odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.” Stanley was instructed to turn the vehicle off and go to the rear of the car, where he was handcuffed and told he was being detained. Patrick also was told to get out of the car. No contraband was found on Stanley at the time.

A search of the car revealed a “small amount of suspected marijuana in the passenger seat,” as well as burnt marijuana inside a juice bottle in the passenger floorboard, and a small zipper-lock bag with what appeared to be marijuana “shake.” A further search found a “large marijuana bag” on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat. 

The report states: “Gann could smell the strong odor of burnt Marijuana on the Passenger’s person. Inv. Gann checked the backseat of the patrol vehicle for contraband prior to placing the Passenger in the backseat of the patrol vehicle, none was found.”

Stanley answered a question from the officer by stating he had smoked marijuana one hour before. Stanley agreed to take a blood and urine test. The report does not mention Patrick being asked to take tests, or whether he was asked if he had smoked marijuana. 

The two were transported to Barrow County Detention Center. Patrick was issued a citation for possession of marijuana of less than 1 ounce. Stanley, after being administered the blood and urine tests, was issued citations for DUI-drugs, speeding and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

This is Stanley’s first known arrest. According to the UGA student-athlete handbook, a DUI would lead to a two-game suspension for a football player.

Patrick’s first arrest came two years ago as a freshman. He was arrested with then-teammate Chauncey Rivers, who was later dismissed after a third arrest. Patrick’s second arrest came this season, leading to a four-game suspension.

Initially when Patrick returned, he came off the bench, with senior Reggie Carter replacing him as the starter for two games. But Patrick has started the past two games, and seven overall this season. He has 35 tackles, sixth on the team.

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