Max Redfield and four other football players were arrested just after 10 p.m. Friday night for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Redfield, sophomore Dexter Williams and freshman Kevin Stepherson also were cited for possession of a handgun without a license. Also arrested with Redfield, Williams and Stepherson in Fulton (Ind.) County for a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana were sophomores Te’von Coney and Ashton White.
All five players were released on bond on Saturday around noon.
The following is the police report from the incident.
"Yesterday at approximately 10:07 p.m., a traffic stop by Indiana State Trooper Ben Reason led to the arrests of Ashton White, 19, Clinton, MD, Floyd Redfield, 21, Mission Viejo, CA, Kevin Stepherson Jr., 18, Jacksonville, FL, Dexter Williams, 19, Winter Garden, FL, and Te'Von Coney, 19, West Palm Beach, FL. All five were incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail to face a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson Jr., and Williams face an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.
"Trooper Reason initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Ford Focus on U.S. 31, near Fulton County Road 375 North, for allegedly traveling 73 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone. The Ford also allegedly had an improper taillight. While Trooper Reason was speaking with the driver, identified as White, he allegedly smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the car. Trooper Reason utilized his narcotics detecting police dog, Cartoush, to conduct a free air sniff around the Ford. The dog indicated the presence of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the car, officers allegedly found marijuana and a loaded handgun.
"Trooper Ben Reason was assisted by Trooper Jessie Reason and officers from the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.
"All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law."
In a separate incident just after midnight, senior Devin Butler was arrested at the Linebacker Lounge for resisting arrest of a police officer and battery of law enforcement. Butler could face two felony charges, but in court documents the state requested until Wednesday to make that decision after gathering additional facts in the case. A felony change could end Butler's college career long before he returns from a broken foot suffered in off-season training. He is expected to already miss the first month of the season.
"Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university," said Notre Dame Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne in a statement. "The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged."
Redfield, who is projected to be Notre Dame’s starting free safety in ’16, was suspended by the University prior to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 for violation of team rules.
Each of the other players arrested in Fulton County are projected to play a role for the Irish this fall. White has competed for playing time at cornerback during pre-season camp while Stepherson, an early-entry freshman, has been in the receiver rotation.
Williams had one of the most eye-opening first two weeks of pre-season camp at running back. Coney is in competition with Greer Martini and Asmar Bilal for the starting Will linebacker spot.null