Ex-Razorback Poole charged with battery

Updated: April 18, 2006, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A former Razorback football player has been arrested on a second-degree battery charge, accused of punching a doorman at a bar he had tried to enter along with another former Arkansas player now in the NFL.

Dedrick Poole, 23, was detained Tuesday afternoon at the Washington County Detention Center, then released about 45 minutes later. He has a preliminary hearing in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday, and an arraignment scheduled for May 17.

An affidavit supporting the warrant against Poole said he was involved in an altercation with doorman Ben Hicks outside Willie D's piano bar on Feb. 16. According to the affidavit, when Poole arrived with several friends -- including former Razorback Ahmad Carroll, now with the Green Bay Packers -- Hicks told them the bar had reached its capacity, and they couldn't enter.

Poole became angry, began shouting at Hicks and punched him in the face, the affidavit said. Hicks suffered a broken orbital bone and required surgery, the affidavit said.

Carroll has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts stemming from a dispute with a police officer who responded to a call about the altercation with Hicks.

Police say Carroll and Poole were located at another bar that night, and that Carroll slapped the hand of a police officer who was trying to speak to him. Carroll was charged with assaulting an officer, refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct.

Poole and Carroll were sued by Hicks on March 22. The suit seeks more than $2 million from the two men, claiming Hicks was told by doctors that his injury will bar him from teaching or competing in martial arts.

Poole had 5 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving as a senior in 2005. Carroll, 22, of Atlanta, left Arkansas after his junior season. He was drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in 2004, and started all but one game last season.

On March 21, Poole was arrested after failing to appear in court to take care of a traffic ticket accusing him of driving with a suspended driver's license, police said.

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