STILLWATER — Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew plead not guilty to felony assault on a police officer. Pettigrew was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and charged with a felony count of assault and battery upon a police officer and a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
He will reappear in court on March 3. After appearing in court with attorney Willie Baker, Pettigrew declined comment. Pettigrew's status with the football program is unclear. OSU athletic department spokesman Kevin Klintworth said football coach Mike Gundy will not have a comment until he returns from a recruiting trip. Klintworth said he doesn't know when Gundy will return. The charges against Pettigrew, 22, stem from an incident on Jan. 20 at the 2300 North Dryden. Court documents explain the felony charge as Pettigrew "willfully and unlawfully striking and hitting Paul Priegle, a Stillwater police officer, on the chest with his elbow with the intent to injure said officer, knowing that said officer was a Stillwater Police Officer in the performance of his duties.” According to the police report, Pettigrew was given the opportunity to leave a fight between "10 to 15 people” that was in progress Sunday at 1:20 a.m. The report states that Pettigrew refused to leave the area, and after being order to leave several times, Pettigrew allegedly cursed the officers and struck Priegle. Pettigrew, a junior, contemplated entering this year's NFL Draft but announced last week that he will return to OSU for his senior year. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end from Tyler, Texas, has 70 career receptions, including 35 in the 2007-08 season.
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