Michigan athletics staff member Fergus Connolly bit a lab technician, grabbed a security guard’s throat and told a police officer he would “put him in a wheelchair” following a drunk driving arrest earlier this month, according to a report from MLive.
Connolly, who is listed as the Director of Performance Science for the Michigan football program, was reportedly arrested in Ann Arbor on the morning of Monday, March 5 on the suspicion of drunk driving. MLive obtained the police report from Connolly’s arrest, which said he yelled obscenities at officers, refused a breathalyzer test and denied he was drunk after crashing an SUV.
Connolly was reportedly found standing barefoot in a snow bank with bloody feet near the crash scene. Connolly was reportedly physically and verbally combative with officers and workers at the University of Michigan Emergency Room. From the MLive report:
Connolly was verbally abusive toward officers and repeatedly told them, “Do not do this to me,” and “F**k off”, according to the report.
He also resisted police during arrest and at the station, where he repeatedly fell from a bench, police said. He was restrained to a chair after taking “an open hand swing,” striking an officer on the arm, Marshall said in his report.
Connolly was later taken to the University of Michigan emergency room for injuries to his feet and his apparent intoxication, according to the report.
There, he assured police he would remain calm before trying to get out of the hospital bed and swinging at Marshall, according to the report.
He was then handcuffed to the bed, but sat up and grabbed a security officer “by the throat,” according to the report.
Portions of the altercation with police are redacted from the report, but it states hospital security personnel used four-point restraints to subdue Connolly. While in the restraint, Connolly bit a UM emergency technician on the arm, grazing her skin with his teeth, the report said. The technician said the bite was not hard and didn’t break the skin.
Ann Arbor police Lt. Matthew Lige. told MLive that police plan to press misdemeanor charges against Connolly after getting lab results. Connolly has not yet been formally charged.
Connolly began working for Michigan in February 2016.