Barrow County police officers found small amounts of marijuana throughout the floorboards under the driver and passenger seats of the Chevrolet Camaro that Georgia football players Jayson Stanley and Natrez Patrick were in following a traffic stop for speeding along Hwy 316 late Saturday.
According to a police report obtained by The Telegraph, officers approached the vehicle and could immediately smell marijuana coming from the driver’s side window. Stanley, the driver, was “shaking” when approached and was later administered a field sobriety test when officers searched the vehicle and finding the Schedule I narcotic.
During the search, officers found marijuana in various forms in the car — marijuana pieces on the floorboards, a Tropicana orange juice bottle with burnt marijuana and a bag of “shake,” and packages of marijuana cigarettes.
The football players were heading West and roughly 20 miles outside of Athens when they were stopped at the Jackson Trail Rd. intersection on Hwy 316. The arrest came only a few hours after the Bulldogs defeated Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship.
Stanley and Patrick were pulled over after they were caught traveling 87 mph in a 65 mph speed limit zone. After observing that Stanley might be under the influence of marijuana, the officers on the scene conducted a field sobriety test. Stanley was not observed to have any of the six clues for potential horizontal gaze nystagmus and was was not seen to have any vertical nystagmus present either.
Officers did write, however, that Stanley had reddening of the conjunctiva, with his left eye not converging as directed. He was also described to have had “glassy, watery, bloodshot” eyes. Stanley was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Stanley consented to a blood and urine test, although the police report did not list the results.
In addition to suspicion of DUI, Stanley was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and speeding.
Patrick’s only charge was possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
For Stanley, this is his first arrest since arriving to Georgia three years ago. For Patrick, this is his third arrest and fifth marijuana-related incident.
Patrick was first arrested in 2015 after he and former teammate Chauncey Rivers were caught in possession of marijuana in a campus parking deck. Later that season, Patrick was in a vehicle Rivers was driving when he was pulled over and subsequently arrested for marijuana possession. Patrick was not charged in that incident.
Patrick was also subject to a brief on-campus investigation involving possession of marijuana in his dorm room in 2016 but was cleared.
Patrick found himself in trouble again in October when he was arrested for possession of marijuana after police observed it in his vehicle following a parking violation in Downtown Athens.
The UGA student-athlete handbook states that three drug-related offenses results in dismissal from the team. As of early Monday afternoon, head coach Kirby Smart has not announced whether Patrick is still with the team or not.
Since this is Stanley’s first arrest, and since it carries a DUI charge, he is subjected to a suspension of 20 percent of Georgia’s games. That would make it likely that Stanley will not be able to participate in Georgia’s upcoming Rose Bowl game against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.