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 Rivals.com. 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.