Maryland football’s Tayon Fleet-Davis charged with driving under the influence of drugs

Running back Tayon Fleet-Davis finds the end zone in Maryland football's 48-7 win over Rutgers on Oct. 5, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Maryland football running back Tayon Fleet-Davis has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he was stopped by University of Maryland police early Friday morning near Ritchie Coliseum on Baltimore Avenue, according to electronic court records.

Fleet-Davis was pulled over at 3:51 a.m. Friday and charged with seven traffic-related violations, including driving a vehicle while impaired by a controlled substance, reckless and negligent driving, driving a vehicle on a highway without the required license and authorization, and a failure to “display two lighted front lamps.” The fines totaled $760, records show.

The junior tailback did not dress for Saturday’s 54-7 loss to Nebraska at Maryland Stadium, and coach Mike Locksley said after the contest it was for “non-football reasons.”

“He’s still practicing with us, he’s still coming to meetings, but I held him out for a non-football issue,” Locksley said.

[Read more: Maryland football’s DJ Turner, who was absent for Penn State game, charged with DUI]

Fleet-Davis will be held out of next weekend’s season finale at Michigan State, a statement from a team spokesperson read.

“We are aware of the charges filed against Tayon Fleet-Davis,” the statement read. “We will work with the Office of Student Conduct to gather all of the information. Fleet-Davis did not play in today’s game and will also be withheld from next Saturday’s season finale.” 

Earlier this season, wide receiver DJ Turner was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a Sept. 20 traffic stop. He was charged with 12 traffic-related violations, which records show amounted to a total of $1,450 in fines. Turner has redshirted the 2019 campaign and should be eligible to return next year.

Fleet-Davis has been a key rotational piece for Maryland in the backfield this year. In 10 games, the Oxon Hill native has picked up 265 rushing yards and scored four total touchdowns. Without Fleet-Davis, the Terps are down to Anthony McFarland and Javon Leake in the backfield.

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