Maryland football’s DJ Turner, who was absent for Penn State game, charged with DUI

Maryland football wide receiver DJ Turner against Temple on Sept. 14, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Maryland football wide receiver DJ Turner has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being stopped Sept. 20 by University of Maryland police. The DUI was one of 12 traffic-related misdemeanors listed for Turner, according to state judiciary records.

Turner was stopped at 1:23 a.m., records show, on Baltimore Avenue near Fraternity Row. The senior was also charged with willfully disobeying a lawful order and the directions of a police officer, spinning the wheels of his car, failure to stop at a stop sign line and using the horn when not reasonably necessary for safety, among others. In total, records show $1,450 worth of fines.

The Glenarden native did not play in Friday night’s 59-0 loss to Penn State, a decision coach Mike Locksley made.

“DJ has to focus on the non-football things right now,” Locksley said postgame. “I won’t get into or comment on anything further on that until I have more information. But it was a coaches’ decision not to play DJ today, and again, we want him to focus on the non-football things.”

This isn’t the first off-field issue Turner’s had.

In 2016, when Turner was a freshman at Maryland, he and running back Lorenzo Harrison were charged with three counts each for second-degree assault and reckless endangerment as well as one of school molestation stemming from an on-campus airsoft gun incident. 

Three students were struck with pellets on Nov. 6, 2016, and Harrison and Turner were suspended for their last four games that season. The charges were dropped, however, due to a lack of evidence, and Harrison and Turner were reinstated.

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