The attorney for Florida Gulf Coast University’s third baseman/catcher has entered a written plea of not guilty on his behalf on a drunken driving charge.
Timothy Wayne Roberson, 21, of Lake Worth, who returned to the diamond Sunday after serving a six-game suspension, was arrested Feb. 11 arrest by campus police.
Roberson did not attend the arraignment hearing on Monday, and will next have to appear in court on March 24, said Samantha Syoen, a State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman.
According to an arrest report provided Monday by FGCU police:
At 1:30 a.m. Feb. 11 an officer saw a car without a headlight on FGCU Parkway East and stopped it. The driver’s speech was slurred, he “fumbled to find his vehicle registration. After searching through every paper in his center console, he found his registration and handed it to me,” the officer wrote.
The driver had to hold onto the door for support after the officer asked him to step from the car and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol.
Roberson failed the field sobriety tests, including holding his arms up for balance, walking too many steps and hopping on one leg. At the Lee County Jail his breath test resulted in 0.20 and 0.193. In Florida a person is presumed too drunk to drive if his test is 0.08 or above.
Roberson, a senior All-Atlantic Sun third baseman/catcher, was suspended for the Eagles' first six games after his Feb. 11 arrest..
This is the first such charge for Roberson, a criminal justice major who led FGCU with 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and 142 total bases while batting .332 last season.
In a previous report, FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh said his standard operating procedure for such offenses is a suspension of "at least" 10 percent of the athlete's games.
"Let's say a fatality occurred or there had been a lot of other issues besides just getting a DUI, or let's say this was a situation where this is the last straw - this is a kid we've had other problems with - then the decision could be that we just need to part ways," Kavanagh said. "With Tim's previous record as a student-athlete over his four-year tenure, I felt the way to go was the 10 percent."
A West Palm Beach native, Roberson - who stands 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 190 pounds - also will perform community service for FGCU and is in counseling.
"This is a serious offense," Kavanagh said. "He's responsible, and he's taken a good attitude toward working with the folks in counseling at our university."
FGCU coach Dave Tollett and Kavanagh are on the same page.
"I agree with Ken," Tollett said. "The kid needs to learn a lesson. This is a serious incident, and I think kids need to be disciplined when something like this happens."
Tollett would not make Roberson, who was to finish serving his suspension during the home game against Illinois on Saturday, available to the media for comment. He said Saturday he was unsure if Roberson will play in the Eagles' game against Illinois in Swanson Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday.
"I really don't know," Tollett said. "I just don't know. He'll finish his time, then we'll make a decision on when we get him back in. I don't know if it will be (today) or next week."
Staff writer Dana Caldwell contributed to this report