The details on James Cook’s arrest are… um, arresting.
Georgia sophomore running back James Cook was arrested for having an open container of alcohol early Saturday after police found an unsealed 1.75 liter glass bottle of Hennessy Cognac behind the driver’s seat of the 2017 Dodge Charger he was driving.
A Bulldog offensive lineman was in the passenger seat next to Cook when the vehicle was pulled over at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, according to an Athens Clarke-County police incident report obtained on Monday.
Police patrolling on East Clayton Street downtown observed the vehicle’s dealer tag, but could not see the expiration date. When the police moved behind the vehicle, Cook’s car switched lanes, alerting the officer that “the driver was attempting to evade me checking the temporary tag,” the report said. The car pulled into a handicapped space and police noticed that the temporary tag number indicated an unknown insurance status.
When police turned on their emergency lights, Cook and the other player exited the vehicle but were told to get back in the car.
Cook told the officer he did not have his driver’s license and he was a Georgia football player.
The officer smelled burned marijuana, the report said. Cook said there wasn’t any more marijuana because he smoked it.
Another unit was sent to the scene. Marijuana “shake” was seen on the center console and Cook admitted to smoking marijuana, according to the report.
The players and vehicle were searched. The offensive lineman—who is not being named by the Banner-Herald because he was not charged—told police he placed a Glock Model 19 pistol in the glove compartment.
Let me see if I’ve got this straight. We’ve got:
- an open bottle of cognac
- a dealer tag w/o proof of insurance
- parking in a handicapped space
- invalid driver’s license
- marijuana smell/admission of marijuana use
- pistol in the glove compartment
All that, and the only charges Cook was arrested for were misdemeanor charges of having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and driving while unlicensed. The unnamed offensive lineman got off scot-free.
Jimmy Williamson would have sought the death penalty. If that ain’t proof of a new sheriff in town, I don’t know what is.