CHAMPAIGN — The father of University of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was arrested at Saturday’s football game after he allegedly pulled away from a police officer trying to sort out who was involved in a fight in the stands.
University of Illinois Deputy Police Chief Skip Frost said about 3:30 p.m., officers were notified of a “melee” in the crowd that involved several people.
“From what I heard, somebody was intoxicated, words were exchanged, swings were exchanged. We got the parties separated. Some calmed down and went along with the program. Some did not,” Frost said.
Among the men who did not immediately calm down and cooperate with police, according to Frost and Capt. Roy Acree, was Nathan Creer, 51, who listed an address in the 3800 block of Summer Sage Court, Champaign.
Acree said as many as 10 people were involved in the fight but no one needed medical attention.
As police were trying to calm Creer, he pulled away from an officer, prompting the police to decide to arrest him for resisting a peace officer, a misdemeanor. Frost said UI police don’t often arrest unruly fans.
“We needed to get him out of there,” said Acree, adding that three other men involved in the fight also were ejected from the stadium.
Frost, who was involved in Creer’s arrest, said he appeared to be intoxicated.
“It took a little while to sort out,” said Frost, adding that he had no idea that Creer was Scheelhaase’s father.
“We just went with a resisting charge because no one wanted to place themselves as a victim,” Frost said, adding that Creer was the only one in the fracas arrested.
Creer was booked into the county jail about 4:10 p.m. but was released less than hour later after posting $150 cash. He’s due back in court Monday afternoon.
Creer is currently serving a sentence of probation for misdemeanor criminal trespass to residence.
Acree said there were a few other ejections from the stadium Saturday involving people who had consumed too much alcohol.