Pitt linebacker Fleming suspended from team after arrest

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University of Pittsburgh linebacker Carl Fleming was arrested Friday night and charged with drug possession and resisting arrest. He has been suspended indefinitely from the Pitt team.

Pittsburgh police arrested Mr. Fleming, 21, of Reisterstown, Md., about 10 p.m. outside One Stop Mini Mart on the Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland.

Police officers approached Mr. Fleming as he was getting into his car after coming out of the Mini Mart, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Mr. Fleming backed up quickly and tried to hit the police cruiser with his vehicle, but struck a guard rail instead.

Officers saw him shove a plastic bag into his mouth, and ordered him to open the door and spit out the bag, according to the affidavit. Mr. Fleming refused, and officers then opened the door and pulled him out of the vehicle. When he still refused to spit out the bag, one of the officers punched him and got the bag, which contained marijuana, according to police.

Mr. Fleming was evaluated at UPMC Mercy and taken to the Allegheny County Jail. Police charged Mr. Fleming with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, fleeing or eluding police, drug possession and tampering with evidence.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst declined comment until further information is gathered but did acknowledge, in a statement, that Mr. Fleming was suspended from the team.

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