Heading into this season, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees had as good a chance as anybody of leading the offense in 2012. Coming out of Thursday morning, though, it’s probably safe to say that he’s officially taken himself out of the running.
Rees, 19, was arrested early Thursday morning for resisting arrest, battery to law enforcement, public intoxication and minor consumption.
According to the Chicago Tribune, around 12:30 a.m. police got a call regarding a loud party on Notre Dame Avenue, an off-campus area where a lot of the university’s students reside. When they arrived, cops found “a ‘madhouse of people’ drinking and congregating outside a home, enjoying the warm night.”
Up to this point, all was good.
Unfortunately, things quickly took a turn for the worse when the party animals spotted police on scene. That's when five or six people decided to hop the fence – leading to a classic, run-of-the-mill police chase. One of those people? Rees, of course.
Per the report, the guy who most definitely won’t be Notre Dame’s starting quarterback next year “actively resisted” police efforts to handle the situation. Furthermore, one officer apparently “had the wind knocked out of him” thanks to a knee courtesy of Rees.
For his troubles, Rees was pepper-sprayed, booked and now faces the charges noted above.
Last season, Rees started in 12 of 13 games for the Irish. The team went 8-5 for the year.
(Kudos to The Big Lead for the find)