SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse football star Tommy Kane was arrested at gunpoint and charged with assaulting a police officer who was about to have his illegally parked car towed, police said today.
Kane, 24, who led the nation with 14 touchdown receptions last season, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted Officer Lisa Phelan. The officer was arranging to have the wide receiver's Cadillac towed because it was illegally parked, police spokesman Rod Carr said.
Phelan, 29, suffered minor injuries to her right arm and right hand when Kane fought with her and then struck her with his car while she was attempting to grab his keys from the ignition, Carr said.
Phelan returned to her patrol car and chased Kane for about four blocks before he stepped out of the car and confronted her, Carr said. After the football player pushed and threatened the officer, she pulled her gun on him and held him until other officers arrived, Carr said.
Phelan was treated at University Hospital and released, officials said.
Kane, a native of Montreal who lives in Syracuse, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.
He pleaded not guilty today in City Court and was ordered held on $250 bail, which was expected to be met later Wednesday. He was also scheduled to reappear in court next Tuesday.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound, Kane decided in January to skip his senior year at Syracuse University and enter his name in the NFL draft. He scored 14 touchdowns on 44 receptions for 968 yards as Syracuse compiled an 11-0-1 record and ended the season ranked fourth in the nation.
Kane led the nation last season in both touchdown receptions and average yardage per reception with 22.0.
Kane's car has 19 outstanding parking violations, which puts it on the city's scofflaw list, Carr said.