Stoneburner, Mewhort Suspended Indefinitely From Ohio State Football Team


UPDATED: Sunday June 3, 2012 11:54 PM

Two Ohio State football players who were arrested on Saturday and charged with obstructing official business were suspended indefinitely by coach Urban Meyer, 10TV News reported Sunday.

Columbus attorney Mark Collins, who is representing tight end Jake Stoneburner and left tackle Jack Mewhort, told 10TV News that they are suspended from the team until their case is resolved.

Police in Shawnee Hills arrested the two players and a third man, Austin Barnard -- who is not connected with the football team -- after they ran from officers who allegedly saw them urinate outside the Bogey Inn, close to Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament was played this weekend.

The incident started at about 2 a.m. when officers confronted the men, 10TV's Justin Moss reported.

"The officers identified themselves. The three took off running," said Shawnee Hills police Chief Sean LeFever.

According to LeFever, officers chased them while calling in backup.

Police said that Stoneburner and Barnard were later found hiding in between cars parked at a Memorial Tournament parking lot, near Dublin Road. LeFever said that Mewhort later emerged from a wooded area after officers threatened to use a police dog to find him.

LeFever said that at first, the three said that they did not know they were being pursued by officers.

"Through conversation with them, they did admit they were running because they didn't want to get in trouble," LeFever said.

LeFever said that he fell during the chase and broke his thumb. Since an officer was hurt, police considered felony charges against the three but decided against it.

Normally someone caught urinating in public is issued a citation, the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

"Once they ran with officers and continued to run, (the case) takes a new light," LeFever said.

Stoneburner and Mewhort's first court appearances are scheduled for June 11, 10TV News reported.

The player suspensions are the first for new coach Urban Meyer, who took over the team at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Stoneburner, who attended Dublin Coffman High School, is a tight end and was listed at the top of Meyer's first depth chart of the 2012 season.

In 2011, Stoneburner caught 14 passes for 193 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He has caught 37 passes in his first three years at Ohio State.

Mewhort, a junior from Toledo, was projected as starting left tackle this season, according to Meyer's depth chart.

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Previous Stories:

June 3, 2012: Police Chief Broke Thumb While Chasing Ohio State Players During Arrest
June 2, 2012: 2 Ohio State Football Players Among 3 Arrested For Running From Police
June 2, 2012: Ohio State Tight End Jake Stoneburner Arrested, Charged With Obstructing Official Business

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