Remember yesterday when we told you that Nathan Scheelhaase's dad had been escorted out of his seats by security? Well, it turns out it was a little bit worse than that.
According to the News-Gazette, Scheelhaase's dad was arrested.
University of Illinois Deputy Police Chief Skip Frost said about 3:30 p.m., officers were notified of a "melee" in the crowd that involved several people.
"From what I heard, somebody was intoxicated, words were exchanged, swings were exchanged. We got the parties separated. Some calmed down and went along with the program. Some did not," Frost said.
Among the men who did not immediately calm down and cooperate with police, according to Frost and Capt. Roy Acree, was Nathan Creer, 51, who listed an address in the 3800 block of Summer Sage Court, Champaign.
Acree said as many as 10 people were involved in the fight but no one needed medical attention.
As police were trying to calm Creer, he pulled away from an officer, prompting the police to decide to arrest him for resisting a peace officer, a misdemeanor. Frost said UI police don't often arrest unruly fans.
"We needed to get him out of there," said Acree, adding that three other men involved in the fight also were ejected from the stadium.
Frost, who was involved in Creer's arrest, said he appeared to be intoxicated.
Of the 10 people involved, Creer was the only one to be arrested.
Now, obviously, the resisting a peace officer charge is pretty lame. It's possible Creer didn't even know it was a cop he was pulling away from at the time. I know when I've been in arguments with somebody -- even when I was completely sober -- and somebody else tries to touch me or grab me from behind, my natural reaction is to pull away from that person. I'm not in a mood to be touched.
All that said, getting drunk and arrested at your son's football game -- for any reason -- is not a good look. It's also not the first time Creer has been arrested in the last year.
He was arrested in January as well, after getting drunk and doing something stupid.
I sense a theme.
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