Florida State RB James Wilder Jr. in jail for violating probation

Florida State RB James Wilder Jr. in jail for violating probation

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. turned himself into Leon County Jail on Friday for a violation of probation.

Wilder's attorney, Tim Jansen, told the Tallahassee Democrat the sophomore running back tested positive for alcohol while serving court-ordered time at a Leon County work camp.

"He turned himself in today at 2:25 p.m.," Jansen said. "It's a technical violation of his work-camp requirements. He is being held with no bond at this point."

Wilder was sentenced to six months' probation on April 4 after pleading no contest to misdemeanor resisting an officer without violence. In addition to the probation and work camp, the sophomore running back was required to take anger management classes, write a letter of apology to the officer involved, and pay $225 in court costs.

Wilder reportedly failed an alcohol test prior to one of his court-ordered work days, registering a .02 blood alcohol level. Because he is under 21, any amount of alcohol is considered illegal and a violation of his probation.

Wilder missed most of Florida State's spring practice while dealing with the legalities of his arrest. Florida State policy states that student-athletes are suspended indefinitely while felony charges are pending.

Wilder had 35 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown in 2011. There has been no official word from the school regarding his status with the team.

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