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Irish suspend Beers indefinitely

Notre Dame junior Jared Beers has been suspended from the Irish hockey team indefinitely following his arrest early Monday morning, head coach Jeff Jackson announced Tuesday.

Irish coach Jeff Jackson suspended defenseman Jared Beers indefinitely Tuesday afternoon.

South Bend police arrested Beers and charged him with allegations of battery, trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication after a female employee at Brothers Bar & Grill accused him of assault. The 22-year-old Beers is a native of Mishawaka, Ind., a neighboring town of the Notre Dame campus.

“The University is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a prompt and professional manner through the criminal justice system,” Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said in a released statement. “University discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law.”

South Bend police said the bar manager, 35, reported that Beers punched her in the face then stepped on her head, face and neck before fleeing from the bar, which is located directly south of campus in the Eddy Street Commons.

Beers also pulled the woman’s ponytail after he was asked to leave the bar when he was seen taking beers from the table of other bar-goers late Sunday night. Beers left his wallet in the bar and was arrested when he arrived at the police station hours later to retrieve it.

He was booked at the St. Joseph County Jail shortly after 2 a.m. Monday morning. Police did not test Beers’ blood alcohol content level during the arrest.

“He was obviously intoxicated to the officers, but they never recorded a BAC mainly becuase he wasn’t driving,” said Capt. Philip Trent, the department’s media relations officer.

The defenseman played in eight games for Notre Dame during the first four months of the regular season. He has one career goal and six assists.

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