NORCROSS — Alvin Kamara simply wanted to do laundry Thursday night. Accordingly, the former Norcross High School football star — and recent University of Alabama expatriate — was driving down Jimmy Carter Boulevard on his way to do so.
Therein lies the problem.
Kamara, 19, was arrested Thursday and charged with driving on a suspended license, no driver’s license, safety belts required and failure to appear. The standout running back spent about eight hours at the Gwinnett County jail before being released shortly after 3 a.m. Friday. He posted $1,824 bond.
According to a Gwinnett County police incident report, Kamara was driving on Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Holcomb Bridge Road at about 6:10 p.m. Thursday when an officer spotted him “with no seat belt in use.” A traffic stop was initiated and, when asked for his driver’s license, Kamara reportedly admitted he didn’t have one.
“He stated he was driving because he was going to do laundry,” the report said. “The car was a rental car that he stated his mother knew he was operating.”
The responding officer soon learned that Kamara did have a learner’s permit, which would have allowed him to be behind the wheel alongside a licensed driver over 21 years old.
If it hadn’t been suspended.
According to the report, Kamara’s learner’s permit was under “an active suspension for failure to appear” and had been suspended since Dec. 17. The violation which Kamara allegedly did not attend court to address occurred on May 15 of last year. The nature of that violation was not specified.
Kamara was the Daily Post’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after helping lead Norcross to the Class AAAAAA state championship. He was rated Rivals.com’s No. 2 all-purpose running back after rushing for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns and chose Alabama over Georgia on National Signing Day.
Kamara, though, didn’t see the field during his freshman year at Alabama. He was suspended twice — once for behavioral reasons, another for an undisclosed violation — and was granted a release in mid-January.
Following the announcement that he was leaving Alabama, Kamara tweeted that “it had nothing to do with behavioral issues.” He plans to transfer but has reportedly not yet made a decision where.
An online booking sheet listed him as a student at the University of Alabama.
Attempts to reach Kamara Friday were unsuccessful, though he sent out a tweet addressing the arrest late Friday night.
"Lol y'all actin like somebody died cause my seatbelt was off," Kamara wrote in a tweet that included several emoticons. " ... lock me up, Guantanamo Bay so I can't hurt nobody else. ... I'm a criminal."