Notre Dame Quarterback Rees Cops
Published: May 4, 2012
Notre Dame Quarterback Rees Cops, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was pepper-sprayed and arrested early Thursday after he allegedly ran from away from an off-campus party and knocked the wind out of a police officer who caught up to him.
A probable cause affidavit says the 6-2, 210-pound Rees continued to resist even after being knocked down by police Officer Brandon Stec, so Stec used pepper spray and was finally able to subdue him with the help of other officers.
Police Capt. Phil Trent said linebacker Carlo Calabrese tried to talk to police, asking them why they don’t like Notre Dame. Trent said Calabrese eventually grew angry and twice told officers: “My people will get you.”
The 19-year-old Rees was charged with one count of battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Police had filed a preliminary charge of felony battery on a police officer, which would have required him to stay in jail until being arraigned before a judge.
Trent said Rees registered 0.11 percent on a blood-alcohol test. Rees was released on a $250 cash bond late Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors said they were still reviewing the preliminary misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against Calabrese and would make a charging decision on Friday. He was released on $150 bond.
Rees was among about five people who jumped a backyard fence and ran after officers arrived to break up a party several blocks from campus about 12:30 a.m. following the last day of Notre Dame’s spring semester classes, Trent said.
The affidavit says Stec chased Rees, continually saying he was a police officer and continually telling him to stop, but Rees refused. When he ran out into the street, a passing taxi driver heard Stec ordering Rees to stop and maneuvered his car to block Rees’ path, the affidavit said.
When Stec caught up with Rees, the quarterback “used his right knee to hit Officer Stec in the lower chest area, knocking the wind out of him, making it difficult to breath,” the affidavit says.
Coach Brian Kelly said he was aware of the incident. (AP)
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