According to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia Bulldogs backup punter Trent Dittmer was arrested early Tuesday, April 20, and charged with public intoxication. The arrest comes just two days after UGA head coach Mark Richt released redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger on a “violation of team rules,” assumed to be related to the quarterback’s earlier arrest for underage drinking in March.
The Athens-Clarke police arrested Dittmer around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, after an officer heard a disturbance as he patrolled the downtown Athens area. According to the police incident report, Dittmer was being restrained by friends who were trying to get him to leave the area, as he was causing a disturbance, but Dittmer broke away from his friends and subsequently hit another male in the face with his fist, at which point the police officer told Dittmer to calm down and then arrested him.
According to the police report, Dittmer smelled of alcohol, and admitted to having beer in Toppers Bar; he was charged with public intoxication.
Dittmer was identified by his driver’s license, the police report said.
According to the booking report at the Clarke County Jail, Dittmer was released on $500 bond a few hours later at 6:50 a.m.
Dittmer, a senior from Cartersville, GA, is a walk-on to the UGA program. He punted three times in the 2010 G-Day game, but has yet to punt in an actual game.
Following on the heels of his release of Zach Mettenberger, it will be interesting to see how Coach Richt handles this latest arrest incident of a Georgia Bulldogs football player.