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Former ND quarterback arrested on battery charges

Blair Kiel Blair Kiel

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Indianapolis - A former Notre Dame and Colts quarterback was arrested on domestic battery charges Saturday night.

Blair Kiel, 47, is accused of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement in addition to the domestic battery charges. Police say Kiel, who played at Notre Dame from 1980-83 and later for the Indianapolis Colts, was waiting outside a restroom at Victory Field for his girlfriend, Christy Rundle.

Witnesses told officers Rundle was inside the restroom with her son, crying and refusing to come out. She said Kiel had abused and grabbed her arm violently earlier in the evening. When Rundle came out of the restroom, Kiel, who officers said "had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages, bloodshot and glassy eyes," became belligerent and was asked to leave the stadium.

The off-duty IMPD officer who escorted Kiel from the stadium saw him inside several minutes later, yelling at Rundle.

"Apparently, he did leave. However, when the officer got back inside, they noticed him again and that's when it went downhill from there," said IMPD Lt. Jeff Duhamell.

Kiel reportedly shoved the officer as he again tried to escort him out of the stadium, and struck the officer several times as he tried to place him under arrest.

Further investigation, including a conversation with Rundle, indicated Kiel had "grabbed her by her arm very hard, leaving marks and bruises on her upper left arm." Rundle told police she was scared of Kiel and didn't want him anywhere near her.

A witness backed up Rundle's story and Kiel was placed under arrest.

Police say this isn't the first time Kiel has been in trouble with police. According to court documents, protective orders have been filed against Kiel on three separate occasions. He's also been charged with invasion of privacy as recently as last March.

Kiel was released from jail on Sunday after posting bond. Scheduled to appear on Thursday on the latest charges, the once stand-out football player has been reduced to a sobering police photo and criminal charges that could land him in prison.

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