Notre Dame CB Devin Butler faces battery of police, resisting charges

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Notre Dame senior cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement, the St. Joseph County booking desk confirmed.

South Bend police said Butler was arrested at 1631 South Bend Ave., which is the address of the Linebacker Lounge, a popular bar right off Notre Dame's campus. Butler was being held in the St. Joseph County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter has requested an extension to Wednesday before formal charges are filed in order to gather more information and evaluate the case.

After officers broke up a fight inside the Linebacker Lounge, they saw two women fighting outside when Butler allegedly shoved one of the women, according to the probable cause report. Butler was agitated, according to the report, and when officers told him to back away he allegedly pushed the officers and punched one of them.

"He shouted profanities at the officers and started swinging his fist," South Bend police spokesman Lt. Joe Galea said.

The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment for minor injuries, including a sore wrist, Galea said.

Responding to Butler's arrest and the arrest of five Fighting Irish players in a separate incident Friday night, Notre Dame vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said in a statement that the university will determine if any additional sanctions are warranted.

"Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university," Browne said.

The Observer, Notre Dame's student newspaper, first reported the charges against Butler.

Butler, a senior from Washington, D.C., was expected to miss at least the first month of the season after suffering a broken left foot in the summer, after breaking the same foot prior to the Fiesta Bowl toward the end of last season.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Butler has appeared in 37 games in his first three seasons with the Irish, starting in three, and has tallied 39 total tackles, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.