Former Gators F Dan Werner offered plea deal

By Adam Silverstein
May 11, 2011

Arrested in the early morning on April 12 in Gainesville, FL for driving under the influence, former Florida Gators forward Dan Werner has been offered a plea deal by the State Attorney’s Office and is expected to accept it sooner than later.

According to First Coast News, Werner’s punishment would include one year of supervised probation, a six-month license suspension, $500 fine and 50 hours of community service. He must also take and pass a DUI education course and could have his charged reduced to reckless driving.

Werner, who played professional basketball last season for Virtus Bologna of Italian Serie A, 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) twice but was arrested anyway.

First Coast News obtained a video copy of the DUI arrest from the SAO in Gainesville:

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


  1. Chris says:

    If he had a good lawyer this case would be dropped

  2. Timmy T says:

    His lawyer flat out sucks. That seems like a seriously raw deal to me. I guess I’m not understanding how he could be charged when he twice blew UNDER the limit. Somebody with more sense than I, please help me to grasp how and the Hell you can be charged with DUI when you are not driving under the influence according to the written law.

    • SC Gator says:

      All the test proves is that he wasn’t drunk. The next move would have been a piss test or a blood test to see if he had drugs in his system. If he had none he should have taken them and would have been charged with reckless driving. If he refused the test he’d have the suspended license but would require they prove the drugs in court which would be difficult to do.

      The tl;dr here is Dan’s an idiot and his lawyer is even worse.

  3. Timmy T says:

    Tell them to shove that deal up their ass Dan, and sue somebody.

  4. vsherrel says:

    I second that. Why would he accept that deal?

  5. scooterp says:

    Unbelievable! No way would I accept that sorry ass deal. Dan – YOU DID NOTHING WRONG! The state attorney’s office should be embarrassed. If anything he excercized good judgement by laying off the booze and offering to be the designated driver………. Stupid.

  6. zurbo says:

    gainesville “hero’s’ at work. Cops are such a joke

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    Am I blind or do all taillights appear to be working. When he braked, I saw the one on the window and both rear lights clearly. Guessing these cops had no probable cause but surprise surprise they wont hesitate to make shiz up to randomly pull people over past 11:00PM. Looks to me like he is coherent, not stumbling and cooperative. Another example of Gainesville cops being ridiculous and abusive.

  8. Eric says:

    Why accept this plea deal? guy looks fine in the video…

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