Michigan football director of performance Fergus Connolly likely will have to answer to more than just Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh after the latest revelations from his DUI arrest.
The arrest, which came on March 5 as a result of suspicion of driving under the influence, involved some pretty bombastic details which were reported by MLive.com’s Darcie Moran on Wednesday.
Connolly resisted police, grabbed a security guard’s throat and bit a lab technician during the incident, according to the police report filed by Ann Arbor police and obtained by Moran via records request. The report also states that he threatened a police officer, telling him that he would “put him in a wheelchair.”
Connolly alleged crashed an SUV, which may be property of the university, while driving under the influence. He was then found standing on snowbank– shirtless and barefoot– with apparent injuries to his arm, stomach, and feet. His vehicle, which was involved in the hit-and-run incident, was found without a front tire. Connolly told authorities he tried to remove it himself.
More from Moran on the bizarre incident:
Connolly was verbally abusive toward officers and repeatedly told them, “Do not do this to me,” and “F**k off”, according to the report.
He also resisted police during arrest and at the station, where he repeatedly fell from a bench, police said. He was restrained to a chair after taking “an open hand swing,” striking an officer on the arm, Marshall said in his report.
Connolly was later taken to the University of Michigan emergency room for injuries to his feet and his apparent intoxication, according to the report.
There, he assured police he would remain calm before trying to get out of the hospital bed and swinging at Marshall, according to the report.
He was then handcuffed to the bed, but sat up and grabbed a security officer “by the throat,” according to the report.
Portions of the altercation with police are redacted from the report, but it states hospital security personnel used four-point restraints to subdue Connolly. While in the restraint, Connolly bit a UM emergency technician on the arm, grazing her skin with his teeth, the report said. The technician said the bite was not hard and didn’t break the skin.
Good grief. Thankfully, neither the security guard nor the hospital technician reported any injuries from the incident.
Charges have not yet been officially filed on this incident, as police are reportedly awaiting lab results before pushing forward with any legal recourse. The university has not made a change to the employment status of Connolly as of Wednesday, according to MLive.com.