2 Duquesne basketball players arrested

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Duquesne basketball players Jeremiah Jones and Micah Mason were arrested early Saturday morning for their alleged involvement in an altercation on Carson Street and for subsequently fleeing  

Mr. Jones, 20, was charged with simple assault, escape and public drunkenness for allegedly punching a 21-year-old man and taking police on a footrace through South Side. Mr. Mason, 20, ran with Mr. Jones but was charged only with possession of an altered driver’s license.

Duquesne is “aware of the incident and is in the process of gathering additional information,” the athletic department said in a statement. “The matter will be addressed in accordance with the University’s judicial affairs process.”

Officers patrolling Carson Street around 1 a.m. Saturday observed Mr. Jones punch Kevin Burke. Mr. Burke, who received a bloody upper lip, later told police he and Mr. Jones had gotten into a verbal altercation.

When approached by an officer, Mr. Jones ignored orders to explain the incident and started to get fidgety, according to Officer Timothy Morse’s incident report.

“With my 23 years of police experience I knew Mr. Jones was getting ready to fight or run,” Officer Morse stated. “I unholstered my Taser and ordered Mr. Jones to walk with me. Mr. Jones took one step and turned and ran.”

Officer Morse fired his Taser and missed, he wrote, as Mr. Jones and Mr. Mason took off down Carson Street. They ran for seven blocks before being apprehended by another officer.

Mr. Jones “had an odor of alcohol coming from his person,” Officer Morse stated.

The officers discovered Mr. Mason’s driver’s license had been altered to show a birthdate in 1990 instead of 1993. When questioned, Mr. Mason admitted he had compromised the final digit with nail polish remover, according to the incident report.

Both players started for Duquesne last season and will be juniors in the fall.

Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com, 412-290-2183 and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.

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