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FSU, ex-Plant RB Wilder arrested after incident with deputy

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 03:22 PM
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Former Plant High School running back James Wilder, now playing for Florida State University, faces two felony charges after an incident Wednesday afternoon when a Leon County deputy tried to arrest his girlfriend.

Wilder's attorney, Tim Jansen, confirmed his client has been suspended from the team because of team rules dealing with felony arrests. It is FSU's policy to suspend an athlete until a case is adjudicated.

Wilder, 19, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence, according to the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Wilder was released from Leon County Jail later Wednesday on $2,000 bail, jail records show.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy went to Wilder's apartment to arrest Wilder's girlfriend, 20-year-old Bianca Camarda, on Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a criminal mischief charge.

Wilder allowed the deputy into the residence to search for her, and Camarda was found by the deputy hiding in the bathroom, the sheriff's office said.

Bianca was taken into custody without incident, deputies said, but as they were placing Camarda in handcuffs, Wilder began telling the deputy Camarda was not going to jail, the agency said.

Wilder then stepped between the deputy and Camarda, and pushed the deputy, the agency said. The deputy then unholstered his stun gun and advised Wilder that he would be stunned if he continued to interfere, the sheriff's office said.

Wilder, the agency said, began yelling obscenities while continuing to tell the deputy his girlfriend was not going to jail. After the deputy placed Camarda in the squad car, he went back and placed Wilder under arrest "without further incident."

Wilder, a 2011 Plant graduate, was among the most highly recruit players in Hillsborough County history. He played running back and linebacker at Plant, running for 1,597 yards and 22 touchdowns and making 75 tackles and eight sacks as a senior in 2010. As a junior, he helped Plant win the Class 5A state title after rushing for 1,004 yards and 15 touchdowns and registering 136 tackles and 19 sacks.

At FSU, he appeared in 12 games last season as a true freshman, running 35 times for 160 yards and one touchdown.

Wilder is the son of James Wilder, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' all-time career rushing leader.

Camarda was charged with failure to appear in court and criminal mischief.

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