Walker faces criminal felony charge

James Krause

An NIU football player was arrested Tuesday and charged with five charges, including a criminal felony.

Redshirt first-year Danny Walker appeared in court via closed-circuit video Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting a peace officer, criminal felonies that could result in two to five years of prison time.

Walker was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs, failing to reduce driving speed and driving an uninsured vehicle. He was released on bond for $5,000.

Walker crashed his car at the intersection of Annie Glidden Road and Route 64, according to DeKalb County Court records. His car spun, ran into the back of another car and wound up in a field northwest of the intersection.

Walker tried to flee the scene of the accident on foot. He struck Sheriff Deputy Sean Conlon with an elbow to the jaw before being brought down and handcuffed.

NIU Spokesperson Joe King said the athletic department will make a decision on Walker’s future with the football team pending his court appearance.

“[The athletic department] is aware of the situation and is deciding on what course of action to take,” King said.

King also said Walker currently remains on the football team. Donna Turner, Associate Athletic Director for Communications, said the athletic department will be acquiring further information into the matter.

“The athletic department is aware of the situation and will be gathering information and talking to the right people to lead to our decision,” Turner said.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office didn’t to respond to a request for comment. Walker’s next court appearance will be Dec. 7 at the DeKalb County Circuit Court.