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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pitt linebacker Carl Fleming has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with drug possession and resisting arrest.

Pittsburgh police arrested Fleming, 21, of Reisterstown, Md., about 10 p.m. Friday outside One Stop Mini Mart on the Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland.

As Fleming exited the store and got into his Ford Taurus, police approached and attempted to stop him for a traffic violation. Fleming pulled away and attempted to hit the marked police car before crashing into a guard rail, according to a criminal complaint.

Fleming then shoved a plastic bag containing marijuana in his mouth and started to swallow, authorities said. Officers pulled Fleming from the car and, after failing to remove the bag, punched him, successfully dislodging the drugs from his mouth, the criminal complaint states.

Despite commands to remain on the ground, Fleming struggled with officers before being handcuffed, authorities said.

He was evaluated at UPMC Mercy, Uptown, and taken to the Allegheny County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. Police charged Fleming with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, fleeing or eluding police, drug possession, tampering with evidence and vehicular offenses.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 10.

Panthers coach Paul Chryst suspended Fleming, a rising redshirt junior, from all team activities. A university spokesman said there would be no further comment.

Fleming played in 12 games last season, starting one, and recorded six tackles and one interception. He played sparingly as a redshirt freshman. He was in the mix to see playing time at outside linebacker this fall.

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