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FSU’s Wilder violates probation, reports to jail

James Wilder Jr, Cyhl Quarles AP

Two months after seeing two serious charges reduced to a single misdemeanor, Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. has once again found himself in some legal hot water.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Wilder turned himself in to the Leon County Jail today due to a violation of his probation.

After he was initially arrested on a pair of felony charges stemming from an incident that initially began as an attempt by the police to arrest his girlfriend this past February, Wilder pleaded no contest in early April to a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence.  He was sentenced to six months of probation and nine days at a work camp.

When Wilder reported to for one of those nine days, he unbelievably tested positive for alcohol during a routine breathalyzer test administered by camp personnel.  Even more unbelievably, he blew a .01 — .08 is the legal limit — which lends itself to the words “false” and “positive” being brought into the equation.

Regardless, that triggered a “technical violation” of his probation and led to his being jailed without bond, his attorney told the Democrat.

It’s unclear how long Wilder will remain incarcerated, or what if any impact it will have on his status with the team or any future school-mandated punishment.

Wilder last year was the No. 2 running back in the country and the No. 11 player at any position according to  He rushed for 160 yards — the third-highest total on the team — and a touchdown during his first season in Tallahassee, with nearly half of those yards (76) coming in a 52-point win over 1-AA Charleston Southern the second week of the season.

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16 Responses to “FSU’s Wilder violates probation, reports to jail”
  1. 35longmiles says: Jun 22, 2012 8:11 PM

    FSU is attractive to his ilk. Always has been.

  2. tonyricemajorharris says: Jun 22, 2012 10:09 PM

    What a boob

  3. canetic says: Jun 22, 2012 10:29 PM

    Time to invoke the Warsaw Rules, FSU

  4. raysfan1 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:53 PM

    I’m sure 35longmiles roots for a team composed entirely of Eagle Scouts.

  5. sabatimus says: Jun 22, 2012 11:47 PM

    Better proofreading, please.

  6. atxcane says: Jun 23, 2012 12:01 AM

    Breathalyzers should be outlawed. Eye-poppingly inconsistent yet can be used to throw a person in jail.

  7. dawglb says: Jun 23, 2012 12:13 AM

    .01? Isn’t that what rinsing with mouthwash would test at, if you took the breathalyzer shortly thereafter? Geez.

  8. barbeaux says: Jun 23, 2012 1:36 AM

    Unbelievably? Not really. Some types of pizza and breads can yield a positive result in an alcohol breath test..not to mention scope, listerene, purel etc etc. .01 is a mighty low margin to get busted on.

  9. seanb20124 says: Jun 23, 2012 6:03 AM

    Depends what time the breathalyzer was administered, could have been drinking heavily the previous night

  10. 35longmiles says: Jun 23, 2012 8:09 AM

    FSU, where flying under the radar is fraternal.

  11. rsmeans says: Jun 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    Better to release this guy now. His behavior can poison the rest of the players. FSU does not need Wilder. He has given up football which is a shame.

  12. paulhargis53 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:52 AM

    Sean, If he was drinking heavily the previous night, say until midnight and had a BAC of .225. Alcohol only metabolizes at .015 per hour. Which would mean it would take him 15 hours or until 3pm to be completely sober.

  13. raysfan1 says: Jun 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    This young man was on probation because he tried to interfere with a police officer who was arresting his girlfriend, during which he slapped the policeman’s hand. As a result, he got himself arrested, pleaded no contest, and was put on probation.

    Any alcohol consumption is a technical violation of his probation, so even though nowhere near drunk, he had to turn himself in and did so.

    He will no doubt shortly be released again, finish the anger management classes he owes (1 left to go), and move on with his life.

    NOT exactly a hardened criminal.

  14. grudenthediva says: Jun 24, 2012 1:26 AM

    Not exactly a hardened criminal but it isn’t stopping the Gator “fans” (many of whom never set foot in Gainesville and barely graduated from USF or DeVry) or pissants like 35longdongsinmymouth from running their traps.

    AC Leonard, now that’s a real slimebag.

  15. lakesidegator says: Jun 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    When he gets release from jail, her will then be fully qualified to play for the Criminoles.

  16. lakesidegator says: Jun 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    I mean, “he”

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