Maryland Terrapins forward James Padgett will face trail this Friday for two charges stemming from a traffic incident, The Diamondback, the University of Maryland's independent student newspaper, is reporting. If found guilty on one, a driving while impaired charge, the forward could miss the Terrapins season-opening contest with the Kentucky Wildcats, Nov. 9.
Padgett, a senior who averaged 8.8 points and rebounds per game last season, was pulled over this summer and charged with DWI by alcohol and failure to display tow lighted front lamps.
According to the police report, Padgett was pulled over for driving without headlights, and after the officer reportedly smelled alchohol, was asked to perform a field sobriety test. Padgett performed poorly and was then taken to the police station where he took a Intozimeter test. The test revealed his blood alcohol content was .07, a mark high enough to be charged with DWI.
If found guilty, Padgett could be suspended by the university for 10-percent of the season - a rule that is listed in the student-athlete code of conduct. The suspension could force Padgett to miss Maryland's much anticipated match-up with Kentucky. The game is schedule to be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.