Kentucky suspends Hartline

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips has suspended quarterback Mike Hartline for the team's bowl game in the wake of the senior's arrest earlier this week.

Hartline was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with second degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place and failure to notify the department of transportation of a change of address. He was released on $235 bail.

According to the report from the Lexington police department, Hartline and a group of others engaged in a "verbal disorder" during a taxi ride after they left a local bar. Once they arrived at 1103 Crescent Ave., in a residential neighbourhood close to UK's campus, they began yelling and cursing.

The report continued and said Hartline saw the police cruiser arriving and quickly started walking toward University Ave. Hartline was "unsteady on his feet," emitted a strong odor of alcohol, was slurring his speech and had bloodshot, watery eyes. It said he was "under the influence of alcohol to the degree of being a danger to himself and others."

Hartline helped Kentucky to a record of 6-6 and a berth in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 8 in Birmingham, Ala. He threw for 3,178 yards with 23 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

Sophomore Morgan Newton is considered the front-runner to start in the bowl game.


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