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Marquette lacrosse player charged with attacking university officer

A Marquette men's lacrosse player has been suspended from the team after being charged with attacking a university public safety officer while on the drug LSD, Inside Lacrosse reported today.

Sophomore Charley Gargano, 20, a starting defenseman, faces a count of substantial battery with intent to cause harm after the incident Saturday. Gargano told investigators he "voluntarily ingested the hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) on four separate occasions" while attending a concert with friends and has no memory of committing the alleged attack, according to Fox 6 TV in Milwaukee.

The Fox report says Gargano was acting "bizarrely and his speech was incoherent” when public safety officers approached him. After initally following the officers' commands, he charged at one of the officers and "struck her in the face twice with a closed right fist," the report says. "The force of Gargano’s punches knocked (the officer) backwards into a concrete planter."

He had to be sedated by officers before being taken into custody.

Gargano faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Gargano, from Brightwaters, N.Y., played in 12 games, starting 11, last season for Marquette in its debut season in Division I. He tied for third on the team with six caused turnovers for the Golden Eagles, who finished 5-8.

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