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Aspen police meet the Spartans

ASPEN - Two Michigan State University football players were arrested early Thursday morning following an alleged fight at a downtown Aspen bar where police say one of them punched an Englishman. One of the Spartans, who were both in town for spring break, had to be subdued with a stun-gun, police said.Max Bullough, 19, and Brian Linthicum, 23, were booked and released from Pitkin County Jail early Thursday morning after police arrested them outside the Regal Watering Hole, located on Galena Street.Police were called to the sub-ground tavern at approximately 1:40 a.m. after receiving a report of an assault. Once they arrived, the two players fled on foot, said Blair Weyer, spokeswoman for the APD.Officer Jeff Fain was able to detain Bullough, Weyer said, and charged the linebacker with eluding an officer and minor in possession of alcohol, both misdemeanors. However, Linthicum, projected to start at tight end next season for the Big 10 team, wasn't as easy a catch for officer Adam Loudun."He decided that he needed to use his Taser," Weyer said. "[Loudun] was in pursuit and he had verbally told [Linthicum] to stop multiple times, but he continued to run."Once Linthicum was apprehended, he was cited with two misdemeanors - third-degree assault and eluding police. The assault charge stems from Linthicum allegedly punching London resident Benjamin Nichols, who was a patron at the Regal, Weyer said. Nichols did not receive medical attention, Weyer said.Linthicum is expected to be a starter next season as a senior. He is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 238 pounds, according to MSU's website. He had 18 catches for 230 yards in the Spartans' 2010 campaign, which resulted in a 11-2 mark sparked by eight straight wins to start the season. The 6-foot-3-inch Bullough, who weighs 235 pounds, will be a sophomore next season also is expected to start next season after recording 21 tackles and one interception last year. MSU is out for spring break this week. University officials had no comment on the matter, The Associated Press reported.Bullough and Linthicum's first Pitkin County Court appearance is scheduled April 19, 11 days before the team's annual Green & White spring scrimmage.rcarroll@aspentimes.com


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The Aspen Times Updated Mar 12, 2011 06:57AM Published Mar 12, 2011 12:49AM Copyright 2011 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.