Hartline gets community service on alcohol-related charges

Former QB must do community service

jkegley@herald-leader.comJanuary 25, 2011 

UK's Mike Hartline show in the sideline in the second quarter on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 during the BBVA Compass Bowl, Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Hartline, a QB, was suspended by head coach Joker Phillips for the bowl and was in street clothes. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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If former University of Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline completes court-ordered community service, public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges will be dropped, a prosecutor said Monday.

Hartline, 22, was arrested in December after a 3 a.m. shouting match involving several people in a residential neighborhood near the UK campus. The fifth-year senior was suspended from the football team and did not play in its bowl game Jan. 8. Also charged with disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication was Ashley Kathleen Carnes, a UK cheerleader listed in court documents as Hartline's girlfriend.

They were scheduled for a pretrial conference in Fayette District Court on Monday.

Hartline and Carnes both were found eligible for the Fayette County Attorney's Diversion Program, First Assistant County Attorney Brian Mattone said. If they complete the program, charges will be dropped, and their criminal records will be expunged.

"It's a second chance for first-time offenders to have a clean slate," Mattone said.

The diversion program is limited to non-violent offenses. Although one woman told police that Hartline and Carnes assaulted her, injuring her jaw, assault charges had not been filed in Fayette District Court.

Prosecutors had not set specific terms of the diversion Monday, including how many hours the two would serve and what other programs they might have to complete.

"Hours and terms that we may add to their diversion program will be determined after we interview them," Mattone said.

Different requirements are issued depending on the violation, Mattone said.

For example, he said, people charged with possession of marijuana might undergo random drug testing, and people accused of becoming combative with police officers might have to pass anger-management classes.

About 90 percent of diversion cases in Fayette County involve college students, Mattone said.

In addition to disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication, Hartline was charged with failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change, according to police reports.

Carnes, who is now 21, was charged with being 18 to 20 years old and using or attempting to use false identification to obtain alcohol. According to police records, she had her sister's ID and said she used it to get alcohol at a bar.

The two were charged after an argument that began in a cab as several people were riding home from The Tin Roof bar at 303 South Limestone, according to police reports. A disturbance continued when the group arrived at 1103 Crescent Avenue.

A follow-up court date has been set for March 14 to assess Carnes' and Hartline's progress.

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