Florida State Football: Running Back James Wilder Arrested on Felony Charges

Blake SilversAnalyst IIIFebruary 22, 2012

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  James Wilder Jr. #32 of the Florida State Seminoles is stopped short of a touchdown by Hampton Hughes #37 of the Boston College Eagles on November 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Florida State running back James Wilder was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of battery and resisting arrest in Leon County, Florida.  

The sophomore tailback played in 12 games in 2011, totaling 160 yards for the year, largely in a platoon rushing effort.  

Normally at FSU, felony arrests result in suspension until the case is complete, but a statement from the school on this particular matter is still forthcoming.  

The 19-year-old Wilder has been accused of obstructing police and battery on an official, though it is unclear whether that was a police officer specifically.  

Wilder was apparently present at the residence of a female friend, Bianca Camarda, as police attempted to arrest her on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated matter.  The tailback apparently aided in hiding Camarda in the restroom of her home, and once she was found, attempted to obstruct police from her eventual arrest.  

James is accused of pushing an official during the arrest, attempting to halt or delay the process.

A report states that Wilder was threatened with a taser after shouting obscenities at arresting officers.  He was then handcuffed and taken to the Leon County Jail along with his female friend.  

Though Wilder wasn't a huge part of the Seminoles' rushing attack this past season, since he played in almost every game in 2011, it is likely that he was slated to remain an important piece of the offensive puzzle for this next campaign.  

A statement from Florida State's football program on this particular matter is still pending as any new developments surface.