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.