Former Arizona Wildcats basketball player Josiah Turner was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI after being stopped for a red-light violation early last Thursday morning, according to a police report obtained by the Star on Monday
The UA police report said Turner, 19, recorded blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 and 0.16 through a breath test - the extreme DUI minimum is 0.15. He also was cited for DUI in the slightest degree (0.08 percent or above), possession (in his body) of alcohol as a minor, and being a minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in the body, the police report said.
Police also said Turner was driving a car without a visible license plate, could not find proof of registration or insurance, did not know the car owner's last name and told police he was never issued a driver's license.
Turner was scheduled for an initial appearance in Pima County Justice Court on May 17.
The highest-rated of Arizona's four 2011 recruits, the point guard from Sacramento, Calif., spent a troubled freshman season with the Wildcats and the school announced on April 11 that he would transfer. Turner was held out of the starting lineup for being late to a pregame shootaround in November, lost his starting job for most of the nonconference season, and was suspended twice for a total of five games, including the Pac-12 tourney.
Turner has remained in Tucson while finishing up the spring semester. He was stopped at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after the 1993 Infiniti sedan he was driving went through a red light from southbound Park Avenue to eastbound Sixth Street, police said.
Police said an officer followed Turner down Sixth Street until he turned north on Highland Avenue, then 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 also said he knew only 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."
Another officer administered a DUI investigation, during which Turner underwent several field sobriety tests and submitted to a portable breath test that indicated the presence of alcohol. He was handcuffed and taken to the UAPD, where he recorded blood-alcohol readings of 0.15 and 0.16 in tests taken six minutes apart.
The vehicle was impounded and Turner was issued citations before being released to a friend at 3:37 a.m. Thursday, police said. With a license, Turner's driving privileges would have been suspended for at least 90 days, but a police records check confirmed that Turner did not have a license.
If convicted of extreme DUI, Turner would face a minimum of 30 days in jail, 20 of which can be suspended by a judge if screening or education programs are completed.