That's no baton: BYU track star arrested in mop fight

That's no baton: BYU track star arrested in mop fight

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A star runner at Brigham Young University was arrested after getting out of his car and striking a pedestrian with a mop, police said.

Kyle Perry's vehicle apparently got too close to the man, who was pushing a bucket with mops across a street June 14, witnesses told police.

"Angry words were exchanged," Provo police Capt. Cliff Argyle said.

"Mr. Perry exited his vehicle and grabbed a mop out of the pedestrian's mop bucket and started to strike the pedestrian," Argyle said. "The pedestrian grabbed another mop and used it to defend himself.

"Eventually the pedestrian was shoved over a planter box and fell onto his back," the officer said.

The man, who had a bump on his head, blocked Perry's car until police arrived and arrested the track star for aggravated assault, Argyle said. Any legal action from the mop fight is up to prosecutors.

"From my understanding, he's not at fault," BYU cross country coach Ed Eyestone told the Deseret Morning News. "I think he may have acted hastily, but we'll just see how that plays out."

In 2006, Perry won the Mountain West Conference title in the 1,500-meter run. He finished 12th in the same event at the NCAA track championship. His performances were limited this year by injuries.

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