Former Arizona Wildcats basketball player Josiah Turner was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI after being stopped for a red light violation early last Thursday morning, police said.
According to the University of Arizona police report, obtained by the Star today via a public records request, Turner was arrested for DUI greater than .08 percent, possession (in his body) of alcohol as a minor, and being a minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in the body.
He was scheduled for an initial appearance in Pima County Justice Court on May 17.
Arizona announced on April 11 that Turner would transfer after spending a troubled freshman season with the Wildcats, despite being Arizona’s highest rated recruit in the high school class of 2011. He was held out of the starting lineup for being late to a pregame shootaround in November, lost his starting job for most of the nonconference season, and suspended twice for a total of five games.
Turner, 19, has remained in Tucson while finishing up the spring semester. He was stopped at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after the 1993 Infiniti that he was driving drove through a red light from southbound Park Avenue to eastbound Sixth Street, police said.
Police said an officer followed Turner down Sixth Street until he turned northbound on Highland Avenue, then noticed that the car he was driving had no visible license plate. Turner could not provide a driver’s license, registration or proof of insurance and also said he only knew the first name of the car’s owner, the police report said.
“Turner just kept stating that he was driving his bro’s car and he just wanted to park it and get back to his dorm,” an officer’s statement said, adding that Turner was “very unsteady and unable to give clear and concise answers.”
Another officer then administered a DUI investigation, during which Turner underwent several tests and submitted to a portable breath test that indicated the presence of alcohol. He was handcuffed and taken to UAPD, where he recorded blood-alcohol readings of 0.15 and 0.16.
The vehicle that Turner was driving was impounded and he was issued citations before being released to a friend at 3:37 a.m. Thursday.