Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were both arrested on Thursday morning by St. Joseph County Police after fleeing officers dispatched to a rowdy house party in South Bend. As reported by Will Lee of the Chicago Tribune, both players attended a party that officers referred to as a "madhouse of people," and when the police arrived at the house Rees and Calabrese attempted to run away. Officers caught both players, and while Calabrese was booked on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and released after posting $150 bond, Rees caused quite a bit more trouble.
According to Sgt. Bill Redman of the St. Joseph County Police, Rees confronted police and had to be pepper-spayed prior to being taken into custody because he actively resisted arrest. As noted WSBT-TV, Rees was arrested for public intoxication, resisting law enforcement, minor consumption and battery to law enforcement-- a felony charge.
Notre Dame released the following statement regarding the arrests:
"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 spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement. "Internal discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law."
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