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Nebraska wide receiver Jamal Turner (right) talks to wide receiver coach Keith Williams during Nebraska's practice at the Hawks Championship Center, Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after police said he rear-ended another vehicle early Sunday.

Williams remained in the Lancaster County jail Monday morning. He has a court appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Williams was headed west on N Street when his Chevy Camaro ran into the back of a vehicle waiting to turn onto Ninth Street about 1:50 a.m., Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said.

The driver Williams hit initially just wanted to exchange information, but she called police when she asked Williams who his car insurance was through and he told her "Blue Cross Blue Shield," according to a probable cause affidavit for his arrest.

Williams, 45, was taken to detox to be tested, and had a blood-alcohol content of .15, Police Capt. Jeri Roeder said. The legal limit to drive is .08.

Because he tested .15 or higher, Williams was taken to jail, Roeder said. His blood-alcohol content could lead to felony charges.

No injuries were reported in the wreck and damage was minor. Williams was alone at the time, Roeder said.

On Monday, Flood said Williams has two prior DUI convictions, one in 2009 in California and another in 2004.

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Police are still investigating, and Nebraska Athletic Department officials are looking into the matter.

“The Nebraska Athletics Department is aware of the incident involving Assistant Coach Keith Williams," the university said in a statement released early Sunday afternoon. "We will continue to gather additional information and will withhold further comment at this time."

Williams is in his second season on the Nebraska coaching staff, and has coached previously at Tulane, Fresno State and San Jose State. He played college football at San Diego State.

At Nebraska, Williams has been heralded for his recruiting abilities and also helping develop what many perceive as the strongest position group on the team heading into the 2016 season, which begins in less than three weeks.

Just this weekend, the Huskers were hosting five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis, a recruit scheduled to be in town through Sunday.

Another five-star prospect, Tyjon Lindsey, who has Nebraska and Ohio State as his leading candidates and will announce his decision on Aug. 22, tweeted his support of Williams: "#FreeDUB it's more than football..."

Williams has a contract through 2017 that pays him $400,000 a year, after receiving a significant pay bump from the $275,000 he made his first year in Lincoln.

Nebraska football did not practice Sunday but has a two-a-day scheduled for Monday, with the first workout scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and media access planned to follow.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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