Former FAU quarterback Graham Wilbert arrested for DUI

Zack Kelberman

Former Owls quarterback Graham Wilbert was arrested for driving under the influence by Boca Raton Police Sunday morning. Photo courtesy of PBSO.
Former Owls quarterback Graham Wilbert was arrested for driving under the influence by Boca Raton Police Sunday morning. Photo courtesy of PBSO.

Boca Raton police arrested former Owls quarterback Graham Wilbert on Sunday morning, and charged him with driving under the influence, BocaNewsNow.com reported.

Wilbert, a two-year FAU starter from 2011-2012, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and released shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun confirmed the incident in a statement released by the university.

“We have been made aware of an incident involving Graham Wilbert,” Chun told FAUOwlAccess.com. “We have a standard of conduct for our coaches and staff that he failed to adhere. His arrest is very disappointing. This is a matter we take with great seriousness. This type of behavior puts innocent people at risk. Graham will be responsible for his actions with both the legal system as well as internal ramifications that will be determined by myself and [FAU football coach] Carl Pelini.”

Wilbert started 11 games in his 2012 senior season, throwing for 2,819 yards and 18 touchdowns.

After going unselected in the 2013 NFL Draft this past April, Wilbert joined the Owls’ coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

UPDATE: BocaNewsNow has obtained a copy of the police report, which states that Wilbert’s eyes were “red and glassy.” Wilbert admitted to drinking three beers at a local pub, and failed both a walking and turning test as a result.

The full report can be read below.

On 7/28/2013 at approximately 0000hrs I was dispatched to 99 SE 1st St to assist BRFD

with an intoxicated female.  As I arrived in the area, BRFD stated that the individuals

got in a Toyota truck and left the area.  BRFD was able to provide a description of the

vehicle and direction of travel.  BRFD stated the individuals all appeared intoxicated.

I located the Toyota Tacoma, bearing an unknown state tag xxxxx northbound at 200 N. Federal Hwy.  I was unable to determine which state the license plate was issued in due to the plate being obscured by a license plate border.  I conducted a traffic stop on the

vehicle due to the obstructed tag, F.S.S. 320.061.

I approached the driver who produced Missouri driver`s license identifying himself as

Graham Wilbert.  There were two female occupants in the vehicle with him.  I could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.  Wilbert`s eyes were red and glassy.  I asked for his license, registration, and insurance.

He seemed to be having difficulty gathering his documents.  After he gathered the documents I was able to identify ther egistration for the vehicle was Missouri.  As I was speaking to him he stated that he left O`Brians, an Irish Pub, and that he had three beers this evening.

Based on the smell of alcohol coming from Wilbert, his eyes being red and glassy, and

his difficulty gathering documents I had him step out to dispel my fear he was driving

under the influence.  As he was stepping out of his vehicle he lost his balance and

dropped his wallet.  He was unaware he dropped his wallet as he exited his vehicle.

The first task was the horizontal gaze nystagmus.  He had distinct and sustained

nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes.  He also had onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both his left and right eyes.  He stated he did not wear any contacts or

glasses.  He advised that he had no injuries or surgeries and could walk normally.

The second task was the walk and turn task.  He was swaying during the instructions.

While doing the task he missed multiple heel to toe steps.  He lost his balance while

walking stepping to the side of the line.  He made an improper turn not following the

instructions during the turn.

The third task was the one leg stand.  He used his arms to balance during the task

and he put his foot down during the task.  He did not restart until being instructed to do

so.  He did not count as instructed.

The fourth task was the finger to nose test.  During the task he missed his finger to

his nose.  The final task was rhomberg alphabet.  He stated he has graduated Florida

Atlantic University.  He was able to recite the alphabet.

Based on the performance of the tasks, I placed Graham Wilbert under arrest for

driving under the influence, F.S.S. 316.193(1). He was transported to BRPD booking and Ofc Rucco conducted the Intoxilyzer 8000 testing.

He provided the breath samples of VNM, .146, and .146% BrAC.  He was processed at BRPD and then transported to PBCJ for final disposition.

He was given the court date of August 26,2013 at 0830hrs at South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Ave.

His vehicle was towed to Emerald towing.  The incident was recorded on marked unit

262.  The video was placed into evidence at BRPD.