A Columbus, Georgia native, Crowell was arrested and charged with a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone, a felony count of altered identification mark and misdemeanor count of possession/carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Athens-Clarke County Jail Booking report.
He was arrested around 2:20 a.m. ET after being stopped at a vehicle checkpoint near the Georgia campus and booked at 3:37 a.m. His bond was set at $7,500.
Athens-Clarke County Police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow told ESPN.com on Friday morning that officers at the checkpoint say they smelled marijuana inside the car.
“[Crowell] consented to a search of the vehicle, and officers didn’t find the marijuana,” Sorrow said. “There were other occupants inside the car and they consented to a search, but the marijuana wasn’t found. During the search of the vehicle, officers found a gun under the driver’s seat. After discovering that the ID number had been altered [on the gun], Mr. Crowell was arrested and charged. Marijuana was never found inside the car.”
Under UGA Athletic Association policy, student-athletes charged with felonies are immediately suspended from the team.
Coach Mark Richt wasn’t immediately available for comment.
An Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s Department official said Crowell, 19, was still jailed Friday morning. Police said the altered ID-mark charge stems from a tampered serial number.
Crowell, who was ranked as the country’s No. 1 running back and No. 4 prospect overall by ESPN Recruiting in 2011, had a rocky first season with the Bulldogs.
He ran 185 times for 850 yards with five touchdowns as a freshman but was dogged by disciplinary problems throughout the previous summer.