UPDATED 3:31 P.M. WITH DETAILS OF PADGETT’S ARREST
Maryland senior forward James Padgett, an experienced leader expected to headline the Terps’ new-found front-court depth, will stand trial Friday in Prince George’s County after he was arrested in June following a traffic stop in College Park.
According to public court records, Padgett was charged with “driving while impaired by alcohol” and “failure to display two lighted front lamps when required” after a traffic stop on Baltimore Avenue at Rossborough Lane near the eastern edge of campus.
Reached Tuesday via telephone, University of Maryland Police Capt. Marc Limanski said Padgett was pulled over at 2 a.m. on June 16 because he did not have his headlights on.The officer noticed an odor of alcohol and asked Padgett to perform a field sobriety test. Padgett’s performance in the test led police to walk him across the street from the traffic stop to the University of Maryland police station, where Padgett was given a breathalyzer that revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.07. Padgett was charged and released.
Under Maryland law, driving while impaired by alcohol — given to those whose blood-alcohol level is between 0.04 and 0.08 — is a lesser offense than driving under the influence, a charge given to drivers with blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher.
Maryland’s student-athlete code of conduct states that athletes charged with DWI shall be suspended from 10 percent of games, effectively immediately. Such a suspension would mean that Padgett, Maryland’s second-leading returning scorer and top returning rebounder, would miss the season opener against Kentucky.
“We are aware of this situation and have no further comment as this is a pending legal matter,” a Maryland athletics spokesman said.
Padgett will still attend Wednesday’s ACC media day in Charlotte, alongside Nick Faust and Coach Mark Turgeon.
Padgett, who was third in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game last season, had been praised throughout the offseason by teammates and coaches for stepping up his leadership skills.
The trial will take place on Friday at 1:15 p.m. in Hyattsville.