Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees arrested, charged with battery to police officer

UPDATE - According to Brian Hamilton of The Chicago Tribune, prosecutors reduced the preliminary felony charge to a misdemeanor.  Tommy Rees officially charged with four misdemeanors in Thursday's incident.  

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was arrested early Thursday morning and preliminarily charged with felony battery to a police officer after a confrontation with authorities, according to local reports.

Rees, starter in 12 games as a sophomore in 2011, was charged with resisting law enforcement, felony battery to a police officer, minor consumption and public intoxication after a confrontation with officers breaking up a house party

One officer suffered a minor scrape and "had the wind knocked out of him" while trying to stop the group, Trent said. Rees lifted a knee into that officer, Trent said. Rees also was pepper-sprayed while on the ground, police said.

Police also arrested Notre Dame linebacker Carlo Calabrese, 21, on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He was released after posting $150 bond. Rees had a blood alcohol content of .11 and Calabrese a .12, according to police.

Rees, of Lake Bluff, is being held without bond until the county prosecutor's office decides on formal charges, police said. Authorities said Rees will not appear in court Thursday, though prosecutors still could announce charges. The next court call for Rees to appear before a judge is Friday at noon CT.

Linebacker Carlo Calabrese was also arrested in the incident, but only received a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and has been released after posting $150 bond.  According to police the linebacker tried to "intervene on behalf of Rees."

Head coach Brian Kelly released a statement through the university.

"I am aware of last night’s incident involving two of our football players," Kelly said. "I am of course very concerned given the nature of the allegations, but I am still gathering information. I’ll withhold judgment until I can collect all the facts and speak with both Carlo and Tommy."

Rees was one of four quarterbacks fighting for the Irish starting job this spring, after starting 12 games under center in 2011. The rising junior finished the season with 2,871 yards passing for 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  Internal discipline, such as team suspensions, is handled privately at Notre Dame.  There is no way to know immediately how this affects his standing in the four-man race with Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson, and true freshman Gunner Kiel.

For more on this as the story develops, follow Mark Bradford's Fighting Irish RapidReports

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