ORONO — An all-conference defensive back on the University of Maine football team was arrested early Friday morning after a scuffle with Orono police.
Jerron McMillian, 21, of Hillside, N.J., was taken to Penobscot County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and failure to submit to arrest, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said late Friday afternoon.
McMillian, who was released on bail later in the day, is scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Jan. 6, a jail official said.
According to Ewing, Orono police Sgt. Scott LaJoie was in the parking lot of the Park Street restaurant and dance club, formerly known as 103 Ultra Lounge, about 1:35 a.m. when he spotted what appeared to be a confrontation and called for backup. Officers Stephen Marko, Derek Dinsmore and Daniel Merrill came to assist, he said.
When LaJoie approached the area where the argument was going on, he saw two males arguing, one of them with blood on his face and the other later identified as McMillian, Ewing said.
Ewing said the man with blood on his face later told officers that McMillian had not assaulted him and refused to press charges.
As LaJoie began to question the man, McMillian walked away, Ewing said.
“He didn’t even stop,” Ewing said. When Marko stepped in front of McMillian in an attempt to stop him, McMillian pulled away and began screaming at the officer. Despite a warning for disorderly conduct, the athlete allegedly continued misbehaving, swatting at and pushing Marko after he was informed he was being placed under arrest.
Officers then said they would use a Taser to subdue him if they had to and McMillian dropped to the ground and put his hands behind his back, Ewing said.
But the incident reportedly did not end there.
After Dinsmore had one of McMillian’s hands cuffed, the athlete allegedly rolled over and stood up quickly, pushing Dinsmore and hitting him in the head. Dinsmore suffered a cut under his eye but did not require medical treatment.
McMillian took off running, Ewing said. LaJoie then arrested him after he slipped on the wet grass and fell, Ewing said.
Ewing said Friday it wasn’t clear to police why McMillian refused to cooperate.
“I’m really not sure what his issue was,” Ewing said. “If he had complied and cooperated, he would have been on his way.”
McMillian’s case has not yet been addressed by University of Maine officials, according to Joe Carr, director of university relations, as interim athletic director Steve Abbott has been out of town. Carr said Abbott will address the issue in the next few days.
The matter also will be referred to the Dean of Students office, Carr said.
McMillian is subject to the University of Maine Student Code of Conduct as well as the university’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.
A redshirt junior and second-year starter at safety for the University of Maine football team, McMillian earned second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors this fall after ranking fourth among the Black Bears in tackles with 43 solo stops and 15 assists. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery, two pass interceptions and six pass breakups for Maine, which finished with a 4-7 record.
In 2009, he tied for third in the CAA with five interceptions.