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University of Kentucky QB Mike Hartline arrested

Mike Hartline
Mike Hartline

University of Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline was arrested early Friday after a disturbance in a residential neighborhood near the UK campus.

Hartline, 22, is charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place and failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change, according to police reports.

According to police reports, a woman named Samantha Sheeran reported that Hartline and another UK student, Ashley Kathleen Carnes, assaulted her.

Sheeran told police that Hartline hit her, causing pain in her lower jaw. Sheeran also told police Carnes assaulted her.

No assault charges, however, were listed.

"Charges are not likely to be filed unless the victim files a criminal complaint or presses charges," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Carnes, 20, who was also arrested, is charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct and being 18 to 20 years old and using or attempting to use false identification to obtain alcohol.

Carnes is a cheerleader for the university, according to the UK Athletics Web site.

Lexington attorney Jim Lowry entered not-guilty pleas for Hartline and Carnes on Friday afternoon in Fayette District Court. Hartline and Carnes were not present.

Lowry told Judge Joseph T. Bouvier that he did not consider Hartline and Carnes co-defendants, but he was comfortable with scheduling them for preliminary hearings on the same day. Bouvier scheduled the hearings for Jan. 24.

Lowry declined to comment after the arraignments.

The written charge against Hartline says that several people rode home from The Tin Roof bar at 303 South Limestone when an argument started inside the cab. The argument continued when the group arrived at 1103 Crescent Avenue.

Roberts said residents reported a disturbance in the 1100 block of Crescent Avenue. When officers arrived, they saw several people standing outside a house at 1103 Crescent Avenue, Roberts said.

Roberts said she did not know who lived at the home, and she did not know what the disturbance was about.

Hartline was "screaming and cursing at the witness," the report says.

Hartline started walking on Crescent Avenue toward University Avenue about 3 a.m. after he saw a police cruiser, according to the police report.

The report says Hartline was "unsteady on his feet," his speech was slurred, he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

The written charge against Carnes says Carnes was involved in an argument and continued arguing after police stopped her boyfriend.

Police reported that Carnes smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and had bloodshot, watery eyes. The police report says that Carnes was carrying identification that belonged to her sister. Carnes told police she had used the ID to enter The Tin Roof.

Hartline is a 6-foot-6, 205-pound senior who has started all 12 games, passing for 3,178 yards and 23 touchdowns with just nine interceptions. UK's record is 6-6 going into its Jan. 8 bowl game with Pittsburgh.

UK spokesman Tony Neely said that Coach Joker Phillips is aware of the arrest and is gathering information and will address it at the appropriate time. The team returns to the practice field Saturday.

Hartline is the second UK football player to be arrested this season. Junior wide receiver Matt Roark was charged Oct. 24 with driving under the influence and was suspended for one game.

Phillips has disciplined several other players this season for unspecified violations of team rules. Starters DeQuin Evans, Winston Guy, Chris Matthews, Ronnie Sneed and Danny Trevathan were suspended for portions of games.

Starting defensive tackle Mark Crawford was suspended for the remainder of the season before the last regular-season game, at Tennessee.

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