(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees faces criminal charges after police allege he knocked the wind out of an officer at an off-campus house party in South Bend on Thursday.
Rees, who was pepper-sprayed by police during his arrest, is charged with felony battery of a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest, as well as alcohol-related charges. Police say Rees was one of about five people who jumped a backyard fence after officers attempted to break up an off-campus party around 12:30 a.m.
The 19-year-old quarterback allegedly put a knee into an officer’s stomach after police managed to chase him down. Police say Rees, who registered 0.11 percent on a blood-alcohol test, continued to resist arrest before being pepper-sprayed.
Rees remained in police custody Thursday afternoon.
Notre Dame linebacker Carlo Calabrese was also arrested during the incident and is charged with disorderly conduct. Calabrese was released from jail after posting $150 bond, police said.
The students could also face potential penalties from the school or football coach Brian Kelly.
“The university is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a prompt and professional manner through the criminal justice system,” Notre Dame spokesperson Dennis Brown said in a statement. “Internal discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law.”
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