Littleton arrested for allegedly pushing officer

Updated: December 19, 2005, 7:25 PM ET
Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Arkansas State linebacker Chris Littleton is expected to play in Tuesday's New Orleans Bowl after the junior was arrested for allegedly assaulting a law officer who was breaking up a fight on the Indians' team bus.

Littleton was arrested for resisting an officer and battering of a police officer, two misdemeanors, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department said. The district attorney's office had not charged Littleton as of Monday.

"I have a very strong record of stern and strict discipline," Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts said. "But, I am also fair and we're fair to our program and we want to be fair with Chris. In our assessment of the situation, Chris did not act inappropriately."

Arkansas State plays Southern Mississippi on Tuesday in the New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette.

Littleton, a junior, started Arkansas State's last five games.

Police said a fight broke out on a team bus in Lafayette late Saturday night and the driver pulled the vehicle over and summoned officers.

Lafayette City Marshal Nickey Picard said a Lafayette police officer and a city marshal entered the bus and tried to restore order. Littleton allegedly pushed an officer, and then walked away while the officer tried to calm him down, Picard said.

Littleton was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail shortly after midnight Sunday and bonded out later Sunday. No one else was arrested.

"We are aware of the situation with Chris Littleton and have conducted our own investigation and are continuing to do so," Roberts said.

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