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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Details emerge on arrest of Boilers' Bolden

By Adam Rittenberg

Purdue running back Ralph Bolden is working his way back from his third ACL tear in the past five seasons. He also has some work to do away from the gridiron after an alcohol-related arrest last week.

Bolden hasn't been charged, but details about his arrest have emerged. The Boilers senior was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication during the early morning hours of April 15. Police told The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that Bolden allegedly kissed a woman at a bar against her will.

From The Journal and Courier:
Capt. Gary Sparger of the West Lafayette Police Department said officers were called to Where Else? bar, 304 W. State St., shortly after 2 a.m. April 15 after a guest -- later identified as Bolden -- refused to leave. Bolden had "kissed an older female there against her will. She was crying," Sparger said. Where Else? staff then told Bolden to leave.

Bar staff then told Bolden to leave. When officers arrived, Bolden left through a back exit that leads into an alley and walked away, despite orders to stop, Sparger said. Officer Michael Brewer called after Bolden twice before he stopped.

Bolden was booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail and released. As of Monday afternoon, he hadn't been charged.

Boilers coach Danny Hope is aware of Bolden's arrest, and is handling the issue internally. Purdue spokesman Tom Schott told ESPN.com in an email that no discipline has been handed down at this time.

Bolden earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2009 after rushing for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns. He missed all of the 2010 season after suffering an ACL tear the previous spring. Last season, Bolden led Purdue with 674 rush yards and six touchdowns before tearing an ACL in the regular-season finale at Indiana.