Former Gilman QB Kai Locksley, son of Maryland football coach, arrested on drunken driving charge in Texas

Former Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley, the starting quarterback at UTEP and son of Maryland football coach Michael Locksley, was arrested in Texas on Saturday on drunken driving and other charges, according to online court records.

Locksley, 22, had moved to Texas to play college football. The University of Texas, El Paso suspended him from its team in response to the arrest, according to a statement from its football coach.


Locksley was charged in El Paso with driving while intoxicated, possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana, unlawfully carrying a weapon and making a threat, the court records show. He posted bail Saturday and was released from jail.

Neither Kai Locksley nor Michael Locksley could be reached for comment. Attempts to reach law enforcement in El Paso were unsuccessful.


Charging documents obtained Monday state that an off-duty officer heard Locksley yell at a group of people that he “had a handgun with a full magazine and would empty it on the individuals.”

Officers wrote that when they pulled over Locksley, they found a Smith and Wesson SD40 firearm in the vehicle.

Locksley “seemed impaired and had unstable balance, slurred speech and blood shot eyes,” charging documents state, and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.

Officers wrote that they also found a prescription bottle containing about a half of a gram of marijuana in the car.

Dana Dimel, UTEP’s head football coach, said over the weekend in a statement that Locksley had been suspended.

“While the severity of these charges is concerning, it would not be appropriate to determine a course of action until we have all the facts,” he said.

After transferring from Iowa Western, where he was the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year, Locksley was the starting quarterback in eight of his nine games for UTEP in 2018. He had a completion rate of 49.1% and threw for 937 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was second on the team in rushing yards, carrying the ball for 340 yards and six touchdowns as the Miners went 1-11. According to reports, he was expected to be the starting quarterback for the 2019 season.

At Gilman, he was a two-time All-State and two-time All-Metro second-team selection. In his senior year in 2014, he rushed for 1,050 yards and 17 touchdowns and passed for 915 yards and five touchdowns as the Greyhounds shared the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.