Charges dropped against woman who was with former UGA AD

Lakeside High grad Courtney Fuhrmann was arrested along with Damon Evans

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:26 AM
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ATHENS, GA. -- Authorities have dropped the charges against a woman arrested with former University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans in the traffic stop that led to Evans’ resignation as AD in 2010.

Courtney Fuhrmann, 28, a graduate of Lakeside High School in Columbia County, was charged with disorderly conduct after she allegedly ignored a Georgia State Patrol trooper’s orders to stay in the car after the trooper pulled Evans over after he left an Atlanta club with Fuhrmann.

Evans was arrested, resigned three days later and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain his lane.

The arrest came shortly before midnight June 30 on a street near Chastain Park in Atlanta.

The trooper stopped Evans, who was driving erratically along Roswell Road, then smelled alcohol on Evans’ breath, according to the trooper’s report. The trooper noted in his report that Evans had a pair of red panties between his legs; Evans told the trooper they belonged to Fuhrmann.

The trooper arrested and handcuffed Fuhrmann after she repeatedly disobeyed the trooper’s instruction to stay in the car. Fuhrmann was “obviously intoxicated,” the trooper wrote in his report.

The Atlanta city solicitor office dismissed the misdemeanor charge against Furhrmann on Monday.

After Evans pleaded guilty to DUI and failure to maintain lane in January 2011, an Atlanta Municipal Court judge fined him $750, sentenced him to 12 months of probation and 40 hours of community service, and ordered Evans to pay court costs.

The sentence was typical for a first-time DUI offender, his lawyer said a the time.

His arrest came just hours before his new five-year contract went into effect, giving Evans a $550,000 annual salary. He got a severance package of three months’ salary plus a $100,000 longevity bonus, for a total of $237,500.

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sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/28/12 - 09:48 am
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Obviously UGA could have used

Obviously UGA could have used that money to fund far more important projects. What a waste.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/28/12 - 10:04 am
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Unbelievable. She gets away

Unbelievable. She gets away with THAT?

my.voice
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my.voice 03/28/12 - 10:33 am
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Why drop the charges? Why

Why drop the charges? Why undo what was done according to law? This only perpetuates this kind of behavior. After all, why behave if the charges will just get dropped?

As far as DUI, take their license for 6 months first offense, for life on the second. DUI crashes should involve serious jail time, death means the electric chair.

But we aren't really serious about DUI.

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twolane 03/28/12 - 11:15 am
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well thats just a wow on that
Unpublished

well thats just a wow on that one my voice they dont even execute someone who shoots and kills a family.........little overkill there

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 03/28/12 - 11:28 am
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Ahhhh........."he had a pair
Unpublished

Ahhhh........."he had a pair of red panties between his legs"!!!

Good man.........a Bulldog to the bitter end!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/28/12 - 11:30 am
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Sounds like a panry charade!!

Sounds like a panry charade!!

double_standard
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double_standard 03/28/12 - 11:50 am
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Sounds like a set up.

Sounds like a set up.

Jake
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Jake 03/28/12 - 02:28 pm
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Sounds like he was

Sounds like he was auditioning a prospective tight end.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 03/28/12 - 07:50 pm
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Jake-Sounds like he came up a

Jake-Sounds like he came up a little "short" at the goal line. Just sayin'!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/29/12 - 04:33 am
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Of course the charges were

Of course the charges were dropped.....she wasn't driving the car.....so I need to know .....if I refuse to stay in the car when I'm not guilty of anything....would I get jail time?? Doubt that.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 03/29/12 - 06:39 am
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SeenitB4 - Please think about

SeenitB4 - Please think about why the police tell passengers to remain in the vehicle while they deal with the drive. It is common sense that its for their safety and the safety of all everyone involved.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/29/12 - 06:45 am
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Still running.....What law

Still running.....What law is broken if you step outside....what if you have to throw up??

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meginlea 03/29/12 - 07:57 am
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I had no idea this hadn't

I had no idea this hadn't been settled. I remember this case being in the chronicle about 2 years ago I think. Maybe it hasn't been that long, but I think it has. And I'd give the police the benefit of the doubt that if her coming out of the car was just because she was sick, they would excuse it.

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