May 1, 2012
Turner arrested for DUI at Arizona; troubled guard to visit SMU

Josiah Turner's struggles continue.

The former Cordova and Sacramento High basketball standout, who recently departed the University of Arizona men's basketball team after a troubled freshman season, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of a DUI after being stopped for allegedly running a red light on the Tucson campus.

According to the University of Arizona police report, which the Arizona Daily Star obtained Monday via a public records request, Turner was arrested for DUI with a blood-alcohol count twice the legal limit.

He was scheduled for an initial appearance in Pima County Justice Court on May 17.

The Daily Star reported that Turner, 19, was stopped by campus police at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after the 1993 Infiniti that he was driving allegedly drove through a red light.

Police reported that 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 Daily Star said police later found Turner to have a blood-alcohol reading of 0.15 and 0.16.

Turner was twice suspended for a total of five games by Arizona coach Sean Miller last season for violating team rules. His departure from the team was announced April 11, though he remains a student at the university.

Former NBA coach Larry Brown, who has signed on at SMU, is among those interested in Turner. reports that Turner will visit the Dallas university on Wednesday.

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