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Arizona Basketball: Turner gets 2 days in jail in plea deal on DUI arrest

Ex-Cat fined $1,529; six other charges in case were dismissed
2013-04-23T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:32:54Z Arizona Basketball: Turner gets 2 days in jail in plea deal on DUI arrestBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Josiah Turner began a two-day jail sentence Monday after a plea agreement over his extreme DUI case was finalized in Pima County Justice Court earlier in the day.

Turner, who was arrested in April 2012 under suspicion of DUI, was ordered to spend two days at Pima County Jail and pay $1,529 in fines after pleading guilty to a general DUI charge in an agreement approved by Justice of the Peace Anne Segal.

Turner was ordered to undergo alcohol evaluation and complete a MADD program. He also was offered a chance to offset up to $250 in fines with 25 hours of community service.

"I hope this was the lowest point in your life," Segal told Turner.

Turner pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence but six other charges, including DUI with a blood-alcohol level between .15 and .19, were dismissed.

Turner was arrested on April 26, 2012, by UA police, who said he recorded blood-alcohol levels of .15 and .16, which are at and above the threshold for extreme DUI.

While Turner declined comment to the Star as he left Justice Court, his attorney, Jeffrey Rogers, said the agreement was in line with the evidence. Rogers said the recordings of .15 and .16 were within the margin of error of the testing mechanism, so the extreme charge would not be a factor.

"It's pretty much what you'd expect in this case," Rogers said. "What's important is that Josiah got what everyone else would get. There was no special treatment."

The other charges dismissed were DUI with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or above, failure to stop at a red light, failure to produce a driver's license, being under 21 with liquor in his body and being a minor while operating a vehicle with alcohol in the body.

Turner, then 19, was stopped at about 1:30 a.m. on April 26, 2012, after the 1993 Infiniti sedan that he was driving drove through a red light from southbound Park Avenue to eastbound Sixth Street, police said.

Police said an officer noticed that the car he was driving had no license plate. Turner also could not provide a driver's license, registration or proof of insurance and said he only knew the first name of the car's owner, the police report said.

"Turner just kept stating that he was driving his bro's car and he just wanted to park it and get back to his dorm," an officer's statement said, adding that Turner was "very unsteady and unable to give clear and concise answers."

While Turner is also scheduled for a review hearing on Feb. 5, 2014, the sentencing effectively put closure on Turner's turbulent year in Tucson.

The highest-rated of UA's four 2011 recruits, Turner struggled to hold on to a starting role at point guard in 2011-12 while he was suspended twice during the season for unspecified reasons, the second time indefinitely during the Pac-12 tournament. Turner averaged just 6.8 points and 2.4 assists for the Wildcats.

After the 2011-12 season, Turner followed a windy path. He committed to a transfer to SMU, but never played for the Mustangs, instead signing with the Hungarian pro team Albacomp.

Turner asked for a release after a month with Albacomp, then signed with the Halifax Rainmen of Nova Scotia, Canada. The Rainmen cut him in midseason and Turner finished the season with the Summerside Storm of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Turner improved toward the end of last season, averaging 10.7 points and 6.1 assists for the Storm, with a 3.1-to-1 assist-turnover ratio.

Last week, Turner decleared himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.

"He's an extreme talent," Rogers said. "I just hope he learned a lesson and uses this as a building block."

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