UA Linebacker Arrested

Arkansas junior linebacker Freddie Fairchild is booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of battery and false imprisonment.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas starting linebacker Freddie Fairchild was arrested Monday evening on charges of battery and false imprisonment, according to the Fayetteville police department.

Fairchild was booked into the Washington County Jail at 6:11 p.m. and remained in custody late Monday night. His bond is set at $1,500, according to the Washington County Sheriffs Office Web site.

"It was a case involving a person he had a relationship with, a young lady he was dating on and off," said Shannon Gabbard, Washington County Sheriffs Office spokesman. "For whatever reason, he decided to do her harm and hold her against her will. We investigated and made the arrest."

Fairchild was charged with third-degree battery, which Gabbard said includes causing injury that doesn't require surgery, such as a broken nose or knocking out teeth.

The linebacker was also charged with false imprisonment to the second degree. His arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m., April 23, three days before the Razorbacks wrap up spring practice with the playing of the Red-White spring game.

Gabbard said he didn't know when Fairchild would be released, since a judge must review the charges.

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was in Little Rock on Monday night and was unavailable for comment, said Kevin Trainor, the university's associate athletic director for external affairs.

Fairchild's arrest will mark the first time Petrino will have to discipline a player since he was hired Dec. 11. It's uncertain what punishment the Little Rock native will receive and whether he will face a possible suspension.

Fairchild, who will be a junior in the fall, started 11 games last season for the Razorbacks, ranking third on the team with 92 tackles. His 4 1/2 sacks led Arkansas, and he also had 9 1/2 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games.


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