Maryland Terps

Former Terp Steve Francis charged with DWI, threatening police officer

Maryland Terps

Former Maryland basketball player Steve Francis was arrested in Houston on Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated, retaliation and possession of marijuana, according to a TMZ report

Francis. the former No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft was only pulled over for speeding but was "verbally abusive" and uncooperative, according to the report. After pulling him over, an officer noticed he smelled of alcohol.

Reinforcements were called after Frances refused to take a sobriety test, and he "made comments essentially warning the officers that he would get revenge for the arrest."

The Associated Press reported Francis was released on $5,500 bond and is set to be arraigned Wednesday.

Francis played the 1998-99 season at Maryland, and played in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic before playing one season in China and retiring in 2009.