Eight Notre Dame football players, basketball star among 44 arrested at party

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

Police busted a party in South Bend early Saturday morning, sending 44 people to the St. Joseph County Jail. The arrests included more than two dozen Notre Dame athletes.

It happened at a home in the 1000 block of East Washington Street. South Bend Police were called to respond to a fight at 1:52 a.m. The fifteen South Bend officers on the scene could not control the roughly 100 people at the party. That’s when the Indiana State Excise Police were called to the scene because of an abundance of underage drinking.

Excise police tell NewsCenter 16 that 44 people were arrested. 42 of those individuals were charged with misdemeanor underage possession of alcohol and two were charged with supplying alcohol to a minor. Paramedics transported one individual to the hospital for lacerations to their hand after jumping out a window while trying to flee from police.

One of the individuals charged with supplying alcohol to a minor is hockey player Joe Lavin, who is a tenant in the house. Lavin was celebrating his 21st birthday.

Among those arrested were eight Notre Dame football players, including Nate Montana, the back-up Irish QB and son of football great Joe Montana; Lorenzo Wood, a cornerback and incoming freshman; Chris Watt, a sophomore offensive guard; Roby Toma, an incoming freshman wide receiver; Nick Tausch, a sophomore kicker; T.J. Jones, an incoming freshman wide receiver; Steve Filer, a junior outside linebacker; and Tate Nichols, an incoming freshman.

Two Men's Basketball players were also arrested: Tim Abromaitis, a standout senior forward on the basketball team and Eric Atkins, an incoming freshman.

Nine student athletes set to be on this year's Men's Hockey roster were also arrested. They include Lavin, Jared Beers, Jeff Costello, David Gerths, Anders Lee, Joseph Rogers, Shayne Taker, Steven Summerhays and Michael Voran.

The other athletes arrested represent half-a-dozen different Irish teams.

Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly issued a statement on the arrests. Kelly said "I am aware of the situation and am collecting more facts. If there is any team-related discipline to be issued it would be handled internally."

All those arrested were held overnight in the St. Joseph County jail until they were allowed to post their $150 bond Saturday morning. Excise police say ten of those arrested had a blood alcohol level above .10. The remaining 34 arrested party-goers had a BAC between .02 and .099.

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