Former Gators F Dan Werner arrested for DUI

By Adam Silverstein
April 12, 2011

Former Florida Gators forward Dan Werner, back in Gainesville, FL after a season of playing professional basketball for Virtus Bologna of Italian Serie A, was arrested and booked on charges of driving under the influence at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the police report, Werner was pulled over in a Silver Kia with a tail light out and its high beams on. He told the officer he was driving for his intoxicated girlfriend but failed field sobriety tests when administered. Werner also submitted to a breath test and blew below the legal limit (0.08) but was arrested anyway.

The Gainesville Sun reports that Werner admitted to playing beer pong and “drinking at least two drinks containing whiskey” at some point during the evening.

OGGOA will continue updating this story as it develops.


  1. John S says:

    So the charges will likely get dropped, but Dan and our University get a Permanent Black Eye.

    Glad I don’t live in Gainesville anymore. I’ll just head home with my money after the games. Sorry local merchants I like to be treated fairly by the police, you need to reign them in.

  2. chigator says:

    I grew up in Gainesville and I think the perception is that UF athletes are different and caught more often than the regular population. In general, GPD catches people every night driving home drunk from the bars and could probably fill the prison each night with DUIs. The bet is that if you are on the road after 2am, you are most likely coming back from the bars or a party.

  3. Tractorr says:

    This pretty much confirms what we already knew, Werner is a light weight.

  4. GatorCooken says:

    GPD/UPD is absolutely crazy up there. He blew BELOW the legal limit and they still arrested him?

    Can someone with legal knowledge explain that one too me?

    • Yes. If you submit to and fail a field sobriety test, you’re presumed drunk. The breath test (or BAC test) only provides confirmation of the evaluation.

      • GatorCooken says:

        I see. Seems a little fishy though, if the “more official” reading says you’re not drunk, but because you can’t stand on one foot and touch your nose, you’re drunk? Interesting… I’ve had plenty of buddies who have taken this test and it’s absolutely at the discretion of the officer. Glad I graduated, GPD were ridiculous.

        • A cop’s No. 1 job is to protect the public. If he felt Werner was a danger on the road due to his sobriety, it is tough to criticize the officer for that. People make mistakes. Dan did.

        • Tractorr says:

          A division one athlete should be able to do these simple physical tasks with no problem after this level of alcohol consumption. Wait, this Dan Werner we are talking about.

        • SC Gator says:

          If they are stupid enough to charge him with the DUI charge he should insist on the trial. All he’ll need to do is show that he blew below .08 and the jury will likely acquit him.

  5. Chad Dickinson says:

    If I played hoops like him I’d drink too.

  6. triplegator says:

    Nobody actually passes a field sobriety test. If a cop gives you one, he’s already made up his mind to arrest you and is just collecting evidence.

    • Tractorr says:

      Absolutely correct, I have had no fewer than 3 lawyers tell me that submitting to a field sobriety test is the worst thing you can do. Also oddly enough, had the Gainesville prosecutor tell a sociology class I had at UF that as soon as a case with no admittance or submission comes across his desk he almost always lowers it to a lesser charge because he doesn’t have the time to deal with it.

  7. Andrew says:

    This officer must have never watched Werner play basketball. The guy trips over his own two feet. Of course he’s going to fail a sobriety test. The better question is, why couldn’t he have done this the day of a basketball game one of the last THREE years? Where was he then???

  8. Daniel M. says:

    Nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m. Nothing!

  9. zurbo says:

    this made me smile

  10. jay d says:

    Gpd/upd/aso….are out of control….I got pulled over on the same road twice on the same night on my way home withing 15 minutes in between each stop (archer road) and was accussed of drinking while driving…..I told both cops the same thing….let me take the breatherlizer test….they both reffused at first and made me do the field test which I failed…..then after failing the feild test they finnally let me blow into the machine….I blew a 0.00000. The first cop of the night appologized to me and the second one did not…if u are driving after 10 on a week night…you better be driving like a champ because they will rope you every time….effffing crazy!!…people should know better expecially when every cop in g-ville is playing Hero 24/7…..

  11. Gio Showtime says:

    OK Wait a second.. I hope there is absolutely NO denying that GPD is the one of the most crooked individuals I have ever come across.

  12. jay d says:

    One does not trump the others…they are all equally horrid and make south florida cops look like saints (dade county)..

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