Packers cornerback Carroll arrested in dispute with police


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Jan 22, 2006
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Packers cornerback Carroll arrested in dispute with police
Associated Press
National Football League News Wire

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Ahmad Carroll has been arrested on misdemeanor charges after he argued with a police officer in a Fayetteville bar, police say.

Carroll, 22, a former Arkansas Razorback, was arrested on charges of third-degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest, Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Donna Smith said. He was released from the sheriff's custody at 3:27 a.m. Friday on $1,550 bond.

Each of the misdemeanors is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Carroll, of Atlanta, is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court on March 10.

Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb had no comment.

Former Arkansas running back and wide receiver Dedrick Poole was with Carroll when he was arrested. Poole was not arrested.

Police said officers wanted to speak with Carroll and Poole after a bouncer at Willy D's said he had gotten into an argument with the two men. Soon afterward, an officer found Carroll and Poole at On The Rocks Patio and Grill. The two were stopped as they tried to leave and were asked to give a statement about the incident at Willy D's.

According to police, Carroll became agitated and started yelling that he knew his rights and was leaving the bar. When Carroll began to leave, Officer Hunter Carnahan put his hand up to stop him. Police said Carroll slapped the officer's hand.

Carnahan told Carroll to put his hands behind his back, but Carroll refused, police said. The officer then pulled out an electric stun device and told Carroll he would use it if Carroll didn't put his hands behind his back.

Shannon Gabbard of the Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release that police also were investigating the conduct of the crowd at On the Rocks and a possible battery at Willy D's. Police said patrons of On the Rocks closed in on the officers and tried to intervene when the officers were dealing with Carroll.

Carroll spent three seasons with the Razorbacks and led the team with three interceptions in 2003. He was also a star sprinter on Arkansas track and field team. Carroll left Arkansas following his junior season. He was selected by the Packers in the 2004 NFL draft. He started all but one game for the Packers last season, making 40 tackles and intercepting two passes.

When Carroll was 19 and a junior at the university, he was arrested after he tried to buy alcohol at The Spirit Shop. He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to illegally purchase alcohol and illegal possession of alcohol. He was fined $100 for each count and $100 for court costs.
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