University of Kentucky police will increase their presence at the next UK home football game as a result of fights among tailgaters outside Saturday's game against Western Kentucky.
A UK police officer received a bump and a bruise when one of the blows between two men landed near the right side of his face near his eye, according to Fayette District Court documents.
Tyler L. Bearden of Paducah and Luke R. Stahl of Bowling Green were charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place, third-degree assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest, according to uniform citations.
They pleaded not guilty, a Fayette District Court clerk said Wednesday. The two were not UK students, UK officials said.
While responding to the area of Cooper Drive to clear people in a party area where several "disorders" had been reported, police observed the two men in a fight, according to the police report.
The two men would not stop fighting, according to uniform citations, and had to be taken to the ground.
"UK police have talked about increasing their presence over there to help ensure that there is not a repeat event," said UK spokesman Jay Blanton.
"The vast majority of people I think act appropriately and act in accordance with the law, but we want to increase the presence over there because an unfortunate event did occur," he said.
"That's not what our game-day experience is about," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. "We're going to take a very aggressive stance to make sure this doesn't happen again."
The next home game is against South Carolina on Sept. 29.
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