Dash-cam footage shows Eastern Kentucky linebacker Michael Harris lifting a police officer over his head during an incident that led to his arrest Monday morning in Grove City, Ohio.
According to the Grove City Police Department arrest report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, the former Auburn Tigers four-star recruit is facing four charges: assault, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct. Assaulting a police officer in Ohio could be considered a felony.
A woman who worked at a local establishment called police to report a disturbance. When the first officer arrived on the scene, per the report, Harris was “agitated, not able to stand still and not able to stick to one story.” He was talking excessively, dancing and “throwing his arms around,” the report said, which led officers to surmise he was under the influence.
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The video shows Harris approaching the second officer who arrived on the scene while putting his arms in the air. When the officer informs Harris he is under arrest, per the report, Harris attempted to reenter his vehicle. The officer began using mace, and Harris covered his head with his hood to avoid further exposure. In the struggle, the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder then lifted one of the officers over his head during the struggle.
Lt. Eric Scott told ESPN that because Harris began banging his head on the ceiling of the police cruiser, “yelling he was a linebacker in football and used heroin and crack cocaine.” He was placed in a restraint, and medics arrived on the scene to provide calming medicine, the report said. Harris was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital and eventually taken to Franklin County Jail, where he remained as of Thursday afternoon.
Harris, who appeared in 11 games last year, transferred from Auburn following his redshirt freshman season with the Tigers. He attended Tucker High School in Georgia.
In a statement, Eastern Kentucky said it was aware of the incident and charges against Harris. The school has suspended him indefinitely from all team and football-related activities.