Police: Notre Dame hockey player arrested, accused of punching woman

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By Jaclyn Kelley - jkelley@abc.57.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A bar brawl landed one woman in the hospital and a Notre Dame hockey player in jail.

Brother's Bar and Grill in South Bend had to call police after workers at the bar said a Notre Dame hockey player got out of hand.

Police arrested Jared Beers, 22, Sunday night on after police say he punched a female employee in the face.

Beers faces two felony charges, including battery, intimidation, disorderly conduct, resisting and public intoxication after he blew a .14.

According to the police report, Beers punched a female manager in the face, then while she was on the ground he stepped on her throat and pulled her hair.

Beers is one of Notre Dame hockey's leading defensive men. The Mishawaka native and junior at Notre Dame was one of  many watching the Super Bowl at Brother's Bar and Grill Sunday night.

But officers say things turned ugly for the hockey player after the bar received complaints that he was harassing woman and stealing their drinks.

That is when security stepped in and asked him to leave, but employees say he did not go quietly.

Once at the doors of the bar, police say he then pushed a bouncer. So, a female manager stepped in to break it up.

That is when workers say Beers threatened the woman and punched her in the face.

A scuffle broke out and while she was on the ground Beers reportedly stepped on the woman's neck and began pulling her hair.

Shortly after, Beers took off, leaving behind his wallet.

According to police, the fight was caught on tape. Managers at Brother's talked with ABC 57 News off camera, but declined an interview because it involved a Notre Dame student.

For that reason  ABC 57 News was unable to talk with the woman allegedly assaulted by Beers. Yet, we do know that she did go to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.

ABC 57 News reached out to Beers, but he declined to comment.

In a statement released by the university, spokesman Dennis Brown said this, "The university is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a professional manner through the criminal justice system. University discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law."

However, the university would not say if Beers will play in Friday's home game against Michigan.

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