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Prosecutors Drop Drunk Driving Case Against Ex-UF Basketball Star

5:45 PM, Jun 7, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The drunk driving case against former University of Florida basketball Dan Werner has been dismissed.

Werner, who played for the Gators from 2006 to 2010, was charged with drunk driving in April after deputies pulled him over in Alachua County. Deputies said Werner smelled of alcohol and they charged him with DUI even though he blew a .065 and .07, below Florida's limit of .08.

Arresting officers also said Werner performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

Spencer Mann, a spokesperson for the Gainesville region's state attorney's office, said the case was dropped after looking at all the evidence.

"The case was dropped due to insufficient evidence to sustain conviction," Mann said. "The video doesn't support what we believe could sustain a conviction."

Mann added, "We think [Werner] did pretty well on the field sobriety test."

Werner is glad the case is over and is looking forward to getting back to professional basketball overseas in Italy and Hungary, according to his lawyer, Huntley Johnson.

"There was nothing wrong with the way he was driving. A light was out on the license tag and that was the basis of the stop. There was no inconsistent driving, there was no speeding, the kid's attitude was perfect. It was an appropriate result. They dropped the charges because they should have," Johnson said.

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