Gators OL Dunker arrested for grand theft

By Adam Silverstein
January 16, 2013

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

Florida Gators freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker was arrested on Wednesday in Gainesville, FL and charged with a third-degree felony for grand theft of a motor vehicle as well as a second-degree misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license, a first offense.

Dunker, who was previously cited on Nov. 14, 2012 for driving without a seat belt and reportedly directed multiple expletives at the officer who pulled him over, was arrested by the University Police Department and booked into Alachua County Jail at 12:01 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Alachua County Court records.

Per The Gainesville Sun:

According to Maj. Brad Barber, at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday a UPD officer spotted a scooter following a UF physical plant truck too closely. The officer noticed the scooter did not have a license plate attached and stopped Dunker at the south end zone area of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Police determined that Dunker was driving on a suspended license and on a scooter that had previously been reported stolen near the football stadium.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Dunker told the UPD upon his arrest that he had previously purchased the scooter (which was not adorned with a license tag) for $600.

He remains in lock-up as of press time as bond has not been set for his case because he has not yet been called before a judge.

Dunker paid ticket fees and court costs of $127 to settle his previous issue. However, as a result of those payments being received more than 30 days after the citation was issued, his license was suspended when payment was made on Dec. 26, 2012.

Not playing in 2012 during his true freshman season, Dunker is expected to compete for playing time and perhaps even a starting role as a redshirt freshman in 2013.

Head coach Will Muschamp is on the road recruiting but aware of Dunker’s situation. He will address it when he returns, according to team spokesman Steve McClain. A media availability had previously been scheduled this week for Friday at noon.


  1. gatorboi352 says:

    Sounds like a class act.

  2. cline says:

    bye bye. BOOM

  3. Ken (CA) says:

    Grand Theft Scooter? Just gotta scratch your head at that one, really have to wonder why so many scooter violations happen, why not just walk or bike like i did when i went to school there? And I didn’t live as close to classes as the althetic dorms..

  4. Tractorr says:

    Hmm, there are a few things that are fishy here.

    First, grand theft probably won’t stick because few scooters are worth more than 5K.

    Second, did he truly steal the scooter? I mean sure it is stupid to have possession of stolen property but lets see the facts come out first.

    • chigator says:

      dont defend this kid, he is about to enroll at a junior college. The scooter might only be worth $10, doesn’t matter, he did more than a few things that were wrong. Instead of making excuses for these boneheads (collectively as fans of the football team), lets support the administration to do the right thing and show him the door.

      • Tractorr says:

        I want him gone if he did in fact steal the scooter, but I also believe in due process. If he did do it, then so long and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

        I was wrong about the 5K amount though, any motor vehicle is grand theft auto.

  5. gatorbkp says:

    Innocent until proven guilty. The scooter sounds fishy and sounds like he may have known it was stolen, but the license part is clearly just a case of the kid not being informed that he had to go to the court to have it reinstated after the fine was paid late. That part will be cleared up. It’ll be interesting what comes about regarding this scooter

  6. akaijenkins says:

    Lot sof conclusions being jumped to here.

    Love the fact that the officer pulled Dunker over because he was “following a UF physical plant truck too closely.”

    I’m sorry folks, but that’s some borderline stop and frisk business. Secondly, Dunk says he paid for the Scooter, $600 bucks and didn’t know it was stolen. Maybe foolish, but a lot different than the image of our hulking linemen stalking the campus stealing innocent students’ scooters… and then riding them around campus?

    Again, lot more here than meets the eye. For example, Dunker has one prior run in with GPD: for not wearing his seatbelt.

    Something rotten with GDP when guys like Dee Finley and Dunker can’t ride a scooter on campus without getting pulled over for being too close to a truck or going around a barricade (rather than through it?!), and Murphy can’t sit in his own vehicle in a parking lot without getting searched.

    Champ needs to talk to those fools (and by fools I mean the GDP).

    • BRLgator says:

      “I’m sorry folks, but that’s some borderline stop and frisk business.” Not true, he could have been pulled over independently due to the fact that the scooter did not have a license plate.

      The statement said the officer “spotted” him following too closely but did not say that’s why he pulled him over.

      • akaijenkins says:

        The “spotted” him part is exactly what I’m referring to regards “stop and frisk.”

        Just like an officer “spotted” Dunker not wearing his seatbelt in his first offense.

        • Tractorr says:

          Yeah not really like stop and frisk. Stop and frisk is an illegal tactic to harass people.

          Police are taught to spot traffic violations so they can legally pull people over and either uncover other crimes or at the very least write a ticket (revenue).

          The fact of the matter is cops have quotes they have to fill like many of us do.

          If a cop sees a scooter on the tail of a car and then notices the scooter doesn’t have a license plate, I don’t see how that has anything to do with stop and frisk.

          Now on the other hand, Dunker would have to be the dumbest guy on earth to steal a scooter, takes the plates off it, and then drive it around the campus where the crime took places. Now I know all of these guys are not the brightest bulbs in the box but that is taking it to another level.

    • Crock says:

      I don’t think the officer should have mentioned that part because it makes it seem like he was out to get him. But the fact is that he pulled him over because the scooter didn’t have a license plate.

  7. g8ter27 says:

    How did they catch him? Seems like a 300lb+ guy on a scooter on campus would be pretty hard to see?

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  9. Spike says:

    Agree with you Akai

  10. leedsgator says:

    Yeah I’m sure its a race thing laugh out loud!

    • akaijenkins says:

      All the names I referred to were the names of football players, I made no mention of race.

      You certainly did. Hmmmmmmm, why is that?

  11. jpakra says:

    As Cool Hand Luke once said ” That is top flight police work, that boy ought to be a Lieutenant by now”.

  12. notalent says:

    UPD not GPD

  13. Joe says:

    WTF. They have a fleet of Escalades in Tuscaloosa and our guys have to swipe broken down scooters just to get to class. At this rate we will never be an elite program under Muschamp.

  14. James Somers says:

    Criminals I’ve the SEC? I’m shocked. SHOCKED.

  15. Pam says:

    Just another Gator thug!!!!! What’s new, you go Muschamp!

  16. Pam says:

    Just another Gator thug! Way to go Muschamp you really know how to pick’em!

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