UF lineman arrested on grand theft charge

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.

Florida freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a third-degree felony charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle on campus.

Dunker was arrested by University Police for riding a scooter without a tag that had been reported stolen near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license, a second-degree misdemeanor.

“Coach (Will Muschamp) is aware of the incident,” UF spokesman Steve McClain said. “He is on the road recruiting and will address it when he returns.”

According to Maj. Brad Barber, at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday a UPD officer spotted a scooter following a UF physical plant truck too closely. The officer noticed the scooter did not have a license plate attached and stopped Dunker at the south end zone area of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Police determined that Dunker was driving on a suspended license and on a scooter that had previously been reported stolen near the football stadium.

Dunker was arrested and taken to the Alachua County jail. He was previously cited Nov. 14 for failing to wear a seatbelt while driving on campus. A police report said that Dunker repeatedly used expletives in arguing with police about the citation.

Dunker, who is from Boynton Beach, redshirted this season and was expected to challenge for the starting role at left offensive guard this spring.

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