Senior tight end Jake Stoneburner(left) and junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort (right) have been suspended indefinitely by OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer. after both were arrested on Saturday and charged with obstructing official business.
Columbus attorney Mark Collins, who is representing both players said they are suspended from the team until their case is resolved.
Police in Shawnee Hills arrested the two players and a third man, not connected with the football team around 2 a.m. after they ran from officers who allegedly saw them urinate outside the Bogey Inn, close to Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament was played this past weekend.
Police reports say that Stoneburner was later found hiding in between cars parked at a Memorial Tournament parking lot, near Dublin Road, Mewhort emerged from a wooded area after officers threatened to use a police dog to find him.
Shawnee Hills police Chief Sean LeFever said that at first, the three claimed that they did not know they were being pursued by officers.
“Through conversation with them, they did admit they were running because they didn’t want to get in trouble,” LeFever said.
LeFever said that he fell during the chase and broke his thumb. Since an officer was hurt, police considered felony charges against the three but decided against it.
Usually someone caught urinating in public is issued a citation, the equivalent of a traffic ticket.
“Once they ran with officers and continued to run, (the case) takes a new light,” LeFever said.
Stoneburner and Mewhort’s first court appearances are scheduled for June 11.