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Henry Melton arrested in Texas after incident in bar

Henry Melton's booking photo

Henry Melton's booking photo

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Updated: January 24, 2014 6:34AM



PHILADELPHIA — Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was arrested early Sunday morning in Grapevine, Texas, after an incident at a bar and faces charges of misdemeanor assault and public intoxication.

According to Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling, Melton was arrested at 1:45 a.m. at Chill Sports Bar in downtown Grapevine after an altercation involving staff members and Melton, who was asked to leave the bar.

“He struck a staff member,” Eberling said. “But no one was seriously hurt.”

Melton allegedly punched the bar’s manager and bit his arm, Eberling said. Four staff members restrained Melton until police arrived.

Eberling said Melton was cooperative upon his arrest. A booking photo showed Melton with a bloody nose and abrasions to his left cheek and forehead. Melton declined medical attention for a cut on his nose, Eberling said.

Melton posted $1,000 bond for the assault charge and a $210 bond for public intoxication. The charges require separate court dates. His assault charge is Class A misdemeanor and a state offense. The public intoxication charge is a Class C misdemeanor that will be handled in the municipal court for Grapevine, Eberling said.

Melton, 27, attended Grapevine High School and played at the University of Texas. A first-time Pro Bowler in 2012, Melton is on injured reserve after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament Sept. 22 against the Steelers.

Melton is a free agent after this season. He agreed to play out the 2013 season under an $8.45 million franchise tag. Melton, a fourth-round pick in 2009, has 15½ sacks over this career, starting 32 of 48 games.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Henry Melton,” the Bears said in a statement. “We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”

Jordan Woy, Melton’s agent, said via email that he was “looking into” Melton’s arrest.

Contributing: AP

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