Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees left jail at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday evening after being officially charged with four misdemeanors stemming from his arrest shortly after midnight. Police arrested Rees, 19, as he attempted to flee the scene of a party near Notre Dame’s campus Thursday morning.
Notre Dame junior Tommy Rees, left, and senior Carlo Calabrese were arrested shortly after midnight Thursday.
Rees, a junior from Lake Bluff, Ill., is charged with battery, minor consumption and two counts of resisting arrest. He reportedly posted $250 bail and was released from jail. He originally faced felony charges for battery of a law enforcement officer when he was arrested, which forced him to stay in custody until he saw a judge or the charges were downgraded.
Rees and Irish senior linebacker Carlo Calabrese were the only two people arrested at a party described as large and loud by neighbors. Calabrese posted bail hours after being arrested on one charge of disorderly conduct.
Police responded to a noise complaint at 716 N. Notre Dame Ave. around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to police captain Philip Trent. Trent said when the officers arrived they heard noises of the backyard fence breaking as people jumped over it. Rees was one of five males that officers saw go over the fence and attempt to run away. He was the only one pursued by police.
Rees knocked the wind out of one officer after he was restrained in the middle of Notre Dame Ave. by raising his knee into the officer’s stomach. A cab driver who had blocked the road with his car to help the police grabbed Rees after he struck the officer, according to a report from the prosecutor's office.
Rees continued to struggle, at which point the office pepper sprayed him and handcuffed him. Witnesses at the scene said Rees continue to resist officers on his way to the police car. Trent said he had a blood alcohol content level of 0.11 when he was booked at the St. Joseph Country Jail.
Calabrese, 21, or Verona, N.J., had a 0.12 blood alcohol content level. He was preliminarily charged with a disorderly conduct misdemeanor after threatening officers on the scene twice, according to the police report.
“My people will get you,” Calabrese told officers, according to Trent, after trying to defend Rees in the street and asking the police why they were doing this to Notre Dame. Several other bystanders at the party attempted to subdue Calabrese and get him out of the street. He was released on $150 bail a few hours later and his trial date was set for May 17.
Rees, who started 16 of Notre Dame’s last 17 games at quarterback, was competing with three others for his job this spring. Irish head coach Brian Kelly released a statement about the incident Thursday afternoon.
“I am aware of last night’s incident involving two of our football players. I am of course very concerned given the nature of the allegations, but I am still gathering information," Kelly said. "I’ll withhold judgment until I can collect all the facts and speak with both Carlo and Tommy.”