Police: Drunken College Football Fan Punched Michigan Trooper, Threw Racial Slurs

One man is behind bars after hurling racial slurs and punching a Michigan State Police trooper during Michigan’s blow-out loss to Ohio State on Saturday.

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Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (9) attempts to catch a touchdown pass in the second quarter of their Big Ten game against Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (9) attempts to catch a touchdown pass in the second quarter of their Big Ten game against Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
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ANN ARBOR, Michigan - One man is behind bars after hurling racial slurs and punching a Michigan State Police trooper during Michigan’s blow-out loss to Ohio State on Saturday.

The man, born in 1990 and from Ohio, was arrested for assault on a police officer, resisting and obstructing a police officer, disorderly conduct and ethnic intimidation during the Nov. 30 game at Michigan Stadium, said University of Michigan Deputy Police Chief Melissa Overton.

Police initially were called to a disturbance in the stands, Overton said.

The man was intoxicated and assaulted the trooper, on site as part of game coverage, as he went to arrest the fan, Overton said.

The officer wasn't injured, but the suspect was lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail, Overton said.

Further information was not immediately available.

The man was one of five people arrested during the game, Overton said.

Two people also were arrested for disorderly conduct, one was arrested for fraudulent tickets and another was arrested for assault.

In addition, eight people were ejected in relation to alcohol and two were ejected for disorderly conduct.

Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics also treated 51 patients on site, 25 related to alcohol, and took 10 people to local hospitals, seven transported in relation to alcohol.

Though this is the first time a police officer has been assaulted during a game this year, it does happen on occasion, said Overton.

“It’s typically someone who is intoxicated,” she said.

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