UPDATE: Rees facing four charges, all misdemeanors

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested and booked into the St. Joseph County jail early Thursday morning. Now, four charges have come down against Rees. He was preliminarily booked on a felony charge, but prosecutors say all the charges are misdemeanors.

It's news WNDU reported first.

St. Joseph County Prosecutors brought four charges against Rees shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. He faces two charges of resisting law enforcement, one count of battery to law enforcement, and one count minor consumption. All of those charges are misdemeanors.

No word yet on final charging decision for Calabrese.

Police were called to the home on Notre Dame Avenue due to a noise complaint. According to a source, Rees-- who does not turn 20 until May 22 -- freaked out when he saw police because he was underage and had been drinking.

South Bend police Capt. Phil Trent says Rees was among about five people who jumped a backyard fence and ran after officers arrived at the party.

According to police, Rees ran from officer Brandon Stec. Rees ran out onto Notre Dame Avenue. Police say a cab driver saw the pursuit and blocked Rees's path. They, they say Rees raised his knee into the officer, knocking the wind out of him. Officials say the cab driver then grabbed Rees and kept him from running away. When the officer tried to arrest Rees, police say Rees scuffled with him and they both fell back on the pavement. Stec sustained scrapes to the arm in the struggle.

NewsCenter 16 has also learned that Rees registered 0.11 percent on a blood-alcohol test. Calabrese's blood-alcohol test registered at 0.12 percent.

Officers say Rees continued to try and resist arrest and was maced before being taken into custody.

Calabrese was arrested for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after arguing with officers. Trent says he tried to explain to police who Rees was and then twice threatened officers, saying, "My people are going to get you!"

Both were booked into the St. Joseph County jail at 12:35 a.m. Thursday.

Calabrese was released on $150 bond at 3:45 a.m. A $2,500 bond was set for Rees, who posted bond and was released Thursday afternoon. He is next scheduled to appear in court on May 17th.

Classes at Notre Dame ended on Wednesday. Calabrese is wrapping up his junior year, Rees his sophomore year.

"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."

Below is a statement from University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly:

“I am aware of last night’s incident involving two of our football players. I am of course very concerned given the nature of the allegations, but I am still gathering information. I’ll withhold judgment until I can collect all the facts and speak with both Carlo and Tommy.”

Notre Dame's discipline branch just named a new leader this week as Erin Hoffmann Harding replaces Rev. Tom Doyle as Vice President of Student Affairs. She is scheduled to start on August 1st.

The felony charge that Rees was preliminarily booked on could have resulted in suspension or expulsion from the university, if it had not been down-graded by prosecutors. The student handbook states that a felony charge by itself, without even a conviction, is reason enough for possible removal from the university:

"If a student is charged with a felony, the University, through the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Residence Life, reserves the right to take summary action and temporarily dismiss the student. Similarly, the University may take summary action to temporarily or permanently dismiss any student convicted of a felony."

Rees has ended each of the last two seasons as the Notre Dame starting quarterback. He is in the middle of a 4-way battle to be the starter for the upcoming.

Stay with NewsCenter 16 and WNDU.com for the latest on this developing story.


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