Lowery's DUI court date might wait till after season

jsmith3@herald-leader.comSeptember 25, 2013 

A court date has yet to be set in Ashely Lowery's driving-under-the-influence case pending in Georgia, and Kentucky's junior safety might finish the football season before that happens.

Nov. 5 is the earliest possible arraignment date for Lowery, who was hospitalized and in the intensive care unit for several days after a May 4 crash in his hometown of Cleveland, Ga.

The case remains in the "warrant stage," according to a clerk in the White County Court clerk's office, which means that it is being reviewed by the prosecutor's office.

Arraignment dates come just four times a year in that county, so the next date, if it's not Nov. 5, would not be for another month or two. Lowery would not be required to be present at his arraignment.

Kentucky's final regular-season game is Nov. 30.

Despite the pending charges, Lowery has started at safety all season and is tied for eighth-most tackles on the team with 11. Lowery also has recovered a fumble and has broken up two passes in three games this season.

He has not been made available to the media since the crash.

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops said before his team's season opener that any potential discipline will come after the case is resolved.

Wednesday, he said, "Until we get more information on that situation — whether it be a trial, a set trial date, anything — I have no information. Very little information. So until he has a chance to go and get some more information, I'm going to stay status quo."

A secondary crash report said Lowery had a blood-alcohol level of .139 more than two hours after the crash. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

The DUI was one of four misdemeanors for which Lowery, 20, was cited, according to the report. The others were failure to maintain lane, failure to use a safety belt and a graduated license violation.

Lowery was arrested on the misdemeanor DUI charge on June 7 and bonded out. He returned to UK in early July.

Lowery was driving a silver 2011 Nissan Altima when the vehicle crossed the center line, traveled off the shoulder and went down an embankment.

The car "continued overturning as it traveled along the tree line before coming to rest on its top along the east shoulder of the road," the initial report said.

Lowery, who started eight games last season, was fifth on the team in tackles with 43. For his career, Lowery has played in 23 games and has 70 tackles.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: ukfootball.bloginky.com.

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