8th Gator in 7 Months Runs Afoul of Law

Safety charged with illegally retrieving car from towing compound
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2007 12:42 AM CDT
Florida safety Tony Joiner, center, cools himself down from the Florida heat during football practice on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Gainesville, Fla.(AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Aaron Daye)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Florida Gators' safety and captain Tony Joiner was arrested and charged with felony burglary after attempting to retrieve his girlfriend's car from a towing lot. Joiner becomes the eighth Florida player since April to become entangled in legal trouble. The owner of the car lot, however, believes the incident involving Joiner was a misunderstanding.

The owner, a Gators fan, said a late-night employee was out getting food when Joiner arrived to collect the car. Joiner decided to take the car and return to pay later. "This kid should not have been arrested. That's just crazy," he said. But a police spokesman explained: "When you attempt to move a car that is impounded it's burglary."