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Jim Courier Arrested on DUI Charge

November 18, 1999 GMT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Jim Courier, once the world’s top tennis player, was arrested on a drunken driving charge early today on the University of Georgia campus.

Courier, 29, who lives in Orlando, Fla., was stopped about 2:30 a.m. for running a red light in his sport utility vehicle. The officer then found evidence to charge him with driving under the influence, said Jimmy Williamson, assistant chief of the university’s police department.

He declined to say what the evidence was or whether Courier was subjected to a breath test. He was booked into the Clarke County jail, then released on bond.

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Courier’s Cleveland-based agent, Gavin Forbes, said his client was in Athens to visit a friend.

``It was one of those things where you don’t feel drunk but you’re slightly over the limit,″ Forbes said. ``He made a mistake, he realizes that. He regrets it.″

Courier, currently rated No. 33 on the men’s tour, was the No. 1 player in the world for much of 1992 and 1993. From 1991 to 1993 he won two French Open titles, two Australian Open titles and finished second in three other Grand Slam tournaments.

He has been less successful lately, although he has had flashes of good play, especially when playing for the U.S. team in the Davis Cup.