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Quarterback Mike Hartline arrested

University of Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline spent about 90 minutes in jail early Friday morning. Hartline, 22, is facing charges for alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and failure to change address.

A report filed by Lexington Police says several people at a home on Crescent Avenue were intoxicated when they arrived around 2:59am Friday.

The report says Samantha Sheeran, a woman who lives at the home, claimed Hartline and another UK student, Ashley Kathleen Carnes, assaulted her. Sheeran told police Hartline hit her, causing pain to her jaw, but police noted on the report that there was no sign of injury to Sheeran's face.

Carnes, who is 20-years-old, is a UK cheerleader. Police also arrested her at the scene. She is charged with alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, and for being a minor in possession of alcohol and for having a fake ID.

During an arraignment hearing Friday afternoon an attorney for both Hartline and Carnes entered not guilty pleas. A judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for January 24.

The police report says the dispute started when Carnes, Hartline and several other people rode home from The Tin Roof bar in a cab. An agrument reportedly started and was still going on when the group arrived at the home on Crescent Avenue. The police report says Hartline was screaming and cursing and started to walk away when officers arrived.

Police say Hartline was unsteady on his feet with slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. The report says Carnes also smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

Hartline was booked into the Fayette County Detention Center around 4:30 a.m. He bonded out just before 6 a.m and is due in court at 1:00pm.

Lexington Police Detective James Curless and anoother detective were at the home on Crescent Avenue Friday morning, talking to Sheeran about the alleged assault.

Hartline, who's a senior, is the starting quarterback for the U.K. Football team. The Cats have finished their regular football season football. They are scheduled to play University of Pittsburgh Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 8.

UK Football spokesperson Tony Neely says Coach Joker Phillips is aware of the situation and is in the process of gathering facts and evaluating the situation and will address it at the appropriate time.


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