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Irish QB Rees jailed, pepper-sprayed
Updated May 3, 2012 11:01 AM ET


Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has been arrested and jailed on a preliminary felony charge following a confrontation with officers early Thursday, police said.

Rees, 19, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, battery to law enforcement, minor consumption and public intoxication, St. Joseph County police Sgt. Bill Redman said.

Redman said South Bend police officers arrested Rees and Notre Dame linebacker Carlo Calabrese. Calabrese was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and released after posting $150 bond.

Rees of Lake Forest, Ill., was being held without bond until the county prosecutor's office decided on formal charges, Redman said.

South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent told the Chicago Tribune that officers who were responding to a call around 12:30 a.m. local time found a "madhouse of people" drinking outside a home on Notre Dame Avenue, an area that houses many college students.

As the officers approached the property, five or six people - including Rees - hopped a fence and fled before being caught and apprehended.

Trent said Rees "actively resisted. It wasn't terribly violent, but it was enough to be considering resisting."

He also said an officer suffered a minor scrap and "had the wind knocked out of him" while dealing with the group.

Sgt. William Redman of St. Joseph County Police earlier said Rees was pepper-sprayed before being taken to the jail, WSJV reported.

Notre Dame linebacker Carlo Calabrese, 21, also was arrested and was facing a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct. He was released on a $150 bond around 3:40 a.m. local time and scheduled to appear in court May 17.

Rees, who started 12 of 13 games last season as the Irish went 8-5, will remain locked up while preliminary charges are sent to the prosecutor for formal charges, officials said.

Rees started 12 of 13 games as the Irish went 8-5 last season after starting four games as a freshman in the 2010 season. He was among four players competing during Notre Dame's spring practices for the starting quarterback spot this coming season.

''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.''

Calabrese, 21, was a backup linebacker who played in every game last season after starting eight games as a sophomore during the 2010 season.

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