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Palm Harbor University senior wide receiver Hunter Beam was arrested early Sunday morning following an incident at Busch Gardens in Tampa and will miss the Hurricanes' homecoming game Friday night against Countryside.
Beam is charged with simple battery and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors.
According to the report of arresting officer Joseph W. Clark, Jr., of the Tampa Police Department, Beam was arrested after striking Jacob Karlson, a Bloomingdale High student, "several times and fleeing from uniformed police officers when they approached and ordered him to stop." The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Beam was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center following his arrest.
According to the report, Karlson "sustained a large abrasion on his left knee and a small laceration under his right eye. There also appeared to be significant redness and swelling in his facial area." Karlson told the arresting officer that he tried to walk away after Beam "approached him and started talking trash."
Hurricanes coach Matt LePain said Beam "has been suspended for two weeks for a violation of team rules."
Asked whether the suspension was related to the arrest, LePain replied, "no comment."
PHU's first-year head coach did say that Beam could reduce his suspension to a game and a half if he "just does the right things," meaning the team's leading receiver could return to action for the second half of the Hurricanes' district opener against Sarasota Riverview in two weeks.