Miami loses 2 to police row

November 12, 1991|By Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Hurricanes running back Martin Patton and receiver Jonathan Harris were suspended indefinitely yesterday for their part in a fight with police early Sunday.

"They won't play against Florida State, and they probably won't play the rest of the year, but that decision will be made later," Miami coach Dennis Erickson said. "This is not a decision based on whether they are innocent or guilty by law. That issue is separate from the fact that they violated team policy."

Patton, a third-year sophomore, was arrested while officers were investigating a motorcycle accident involving Harris. Patton was arrested and charged with six counts: two of resisting arrest with violence and one each of battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice, inciting to riot and criminal mischief.

Harris, a second-year freshman, was charged with fleeing and eluding police.

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