Maryland wide receiver DJ Turner was charged Sept. 20 with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to state judiciary records, before being suspended from Friday night’s loss to Penn State.
After the Terps’ 59-0 home loss to No. 12 Penn State, first-year coach Mike Locksley said the senior had to take care of some “non-football" issues.
Turner, who had started the team’s first three games, ranks fourth on the team with four catches for 84 yards in three games played.
According to the public records, University of Maryland police stopped Turner at 1:23 a.m. Sept. 20 just off the College Park campus near fraternity row.
Turner was also charged with reckless driving, speeding, disobeying the lawful order or direction of a police officer, as well as spinning the wheels of his car and using the car’s horn excessively.
No attorney was listed for Turner in online court records. Turner was unavailable for comment Saturday.
In a statement released by the team Saturday, Locksley said, “We are aware of the charges and withheld DJ Turner from yesterday’s game. We are currently working with the Office of Student Conduct to gather information and won’t have any further comment until we have all of the facts.”
This marks the second time in his college football career that Turner has been suspended after being charged by police.
As a freshman in 2016, Turner and fellow freshman DeMatha graduate Lorenzo Harrison III were suspended for the last four games of the season after several charges were filed following an incident involving an Airsoft rifle being fired on the campus.
The charges, which included second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and threatening bodily harm to a student on school property, were eventually dropped and the two were reinstated after the season.