Vols' Darren Myles Jr. charged after disturbance

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee safety Darren Myles Jr. has been charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a disturbance at a Knoxville restaurant and nightclub.

Knoxville police say Myles was arrested Sunday about 2:30 a.m. after bouncers removed him from the restaurant.

"Officers observed Myles being drunk and disorderly and riding on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot," Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. "Myles resisted arrest and started fighting with the officers as they were attempting to take him into custody.

Police said he smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Myles had played in Tennessee's spring game Saturday afternoon and was presented with the Vols' Fourth Quarter Award by coaches for dedication to the program.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said in a statement Sunday night that he is disappointed in Myles' behavior and will look into the charges before deciding on any punishment.

"We will continue to implement our structures to educate, discipline and support our student-athletes so that they represent the University of Tennessee with class and integrity," Dooley said.

It's the first arrest for Tennessee under Dooley, though three players pleaded guilty to crimes during the 2009 season.

Defensive back Mike Edwards and wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson were dismissed from the team for their role in an attempted armed robbery in November, and Nyshier Oliver was punished internally after being cited for shoplifting the same month.

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