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Gator arrested for ‘resisting with violence’

After an arrest-free period of nearly four months, a member of the Florida Gators football program has found himself with a bit of a legal situation with which to deal.

According to the Gainesville Sun, linebacker Dee Finley was arrested for resisting an officer with violence and driving with a suspended license. The sophomore spent the night in jail and will appear in court Tuesday morning.

The resisting charge is a third-degree felony, but, with über-UF attorney Huntley Johnson on the case, expect that serious of a charge to disappear post-haste.

Finley’s arrest stemmed from an incident Monday in which the player was pulled over -- he was driving a scooter -- by university police.

According to the UPD report, Finley was pulled over after he drove his scooter around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. When asked for his license and registration, Finley refused to give the information, saying he was late, according to police.

Finley then started his scooter and tried to leave the scene, but officer William Sasser grabbed Finley by the wrist and refused to let him leave. Finley pushed Sasser’s hand away. At that point, the officer threatened to use a Taser on Finley and Finley complied when asked to put his hands behind his back.

The university is aware of the arrest, with a UF spokesperson telling the Sun that head coach Will Muschamp “will handle the matter.” The paper notes that incidents such as these usually results in a suspension.

Finley has played in both Gator wins in 2011.