University of Alabama SGA president arrested for DUI

The president of the University of Alabama Student Government Association was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

A database of inmates showed that Jarod Zakiya Hunter was arrested Sunday by Tuscaloosa Police for driving under the influence. The SGA president spells his name Jared Hunter, but he has the same middle name.

Hunter made history last year when he become the first African-American candidate to gain the backing of the Machine, a coalition of fraternities and sororities that has influence on campus elections. Hunter was the third African-American elected to the post.

According to the jail database, Hunter was held on a $1,000 secured bond. Hunter could not be immediately reached for comment.

Monica Watts, the University of Alabama Associate Vice President of Communications, released a brief statement via email.

“We are disappointed when any of our students use poor judgment,” she said. “We don’t have all of the details at this time so it would be premature for us to comment further.”

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