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.