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Ex-Gwinnett football star charged with DUI

BUFORD -- Former Gwinnett high school football star and University of Georgia running back Caleb King was arrested on DUI charges this week, the latest in a series of transgressions that have derailed King's once-promising gridiron career.

Gwinnett police arrested King, 24, of Lilburn, on charges of DUI, improper lane change and failure to dim headlights. He was booked at the Gwinnett County Jail just after 2 a.m. Thursday and remained there on $2,100 bond Friday.

According to a Gwinnett police report, King was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger around midnight in Buford when he flashed his high beam headlights at a police sergeant driving in his cruiser ahead of King. The sergeant let King pass, observed him swerve across the center line, and conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Suwanee Dam Road and Cumming Highway, the report states.

The sergeant reportedly smelled alcohol on King, who admitted to drinking but later refused a breath test. A DUI Task Force officer responded to the scene and noted "manifestations ... indicating the driver was under the influence" and arrested King without incident, the report states.

The arrest marks the latest in a series of off-field issues for King, including an incident in May that prompted his release from the Minnesota Vikings.

In high school, King played three seasons at Parkview -- setting a Class AAAAA state rushing yardage record as a junior -- and then made a well-publicized transfer to play his senior season at Greater Atlanta Christian.

King had a solid UGA career, but never reached the star status expected of him as a high-profile recruit. After three seasons that included an arrest on failure to appear charges related to a traffic ticket, he was declared academically ineligible the summer before his senior season in 2011. He wasn't picked in the NFL's Supplemental Draft but landed a spot on the Vikings' practice squad. He was bumped to the active roster at the end of last season but did not play.

King's progress in Minnesota ended when the Vikings cut ties with him in May, following his arrest in an alleged beating outside a birthday party.

A 22-year-old man suffered a brain injury, fractured skull and cuts on his face that required more than 50 stitches. The alleged altercation started after the man teased King about his resemblance to an unspecified celebrity.

Authorities said King denied assaulting the man and told detectives the man fell to the ground when King was talking to him.

Sports editor Will Hammock contributed to this story.

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 9 months ago

He is nothing but a punk. Treat him like one.

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

Football seems to be the road to drugs. Watch all your kids you push into playing this sport to get future benefits.

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JohninSuwanee 1 year, 9 months ago

Although I would never "push" my son to play football, he has chosen to do so and I'm proud of him for it. The discipline and personal commitment required to excel in the sport of football is without equal and does build aspects of a young man's character unlike just about anything available to children today. The transgressions shown by King are not about football itself. They are the result of his failure as a person. Football can often be an “enabler” of certain individuals’ demise (due to their success), but not the cause. Let’s not blame a sport that has had such a positive influence on so many peoples’ lives for the failures of some of those who may have played it.

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JohninSuwanee 1 year, 9 months ago

I really hate to see how this young man has fallen so far the past few years. He was so promising as an athlete and everyone that I’ve talked to who knew him in high school indicated that he was a solid young man all around. I hope for his sake he’s able to find some way to turn it around, because he seems to be quickly heading for very low places if he continues on the path he’s on now.

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dman 1 year, 9 months ago

Remember folks, when young Caleb took his talents to GAC and left Parkview. You remember why? His brother said "so he could be in a better environment". Obviously the "better environment" didnt help him become a better person. Had some talent but no direction or drive. So, now his "drive" will take down to the county jail.

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