Miami University football player arrested for assault

Zachary Smierciak, a Miami University student and football player, was arrested early Sunday morning after an incident at the Brick Street Bar on High Street. STAFF FILE PHOTO
Zachary Smierciak, a Miami University student and football player, was arrested early Sunday morning after an incident at the Brick Street Bar on High Street. STAFF FILE PHOTO

A Miami University student and football player was arrested early Sunday morning after an incident at the Brick Street Bar on High Street.

Zachary Smierciak, 22, of Aurora, Ohio, was arrested for felonious assault about 1:30 a.m., according to Oxford police.

Smierciak was asked to leave the bar, stormed out and shoved a bar employee off a 10-foot ladder, according to the police report. The employee was knocked to the ground and later transported by medical helicopter to an area hospital for treatment.

A witness said Smierciak ran from the scene toward Poplar Street, but employees were able to stop him a few blocks away until officers detained him.

Smierciak, a starting defensive lineman for the RedHawks, is free on bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Butler County Area III Court.

Smierciak, a 6-foot-2, 262-pound junior, is starting defensive lineman for the RedHawks. He has made 30 tackles this season, including 3½ sacks. Smierciak had two tackles, including a sack, in last week’s win over Central Michigan.

Smierciak played in all 12 games as a sophomore and six as a freshman.

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