Hartline gets community service

UK quarterback Mike Hartline will be cleared of public intoxication and disorderly conduct if he completes court-ordered community service, a prosecutor said Monday.

Hartline, a senior, was arrested on charges of alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and failure to notify address change to the Department of Transportation at 3 a.m. Dec. 10.

Ashley Carnes, Hartline’s girlfriend and a UK cheerleader, was also charged with disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication.

Both pleaded not guilty and were found eligible for the Fayette County Attorney’s Diversion Program. If they complete the program, their records will be expunged, First-Assistant County Attorney Brian Mattone said.

“The program is designed to give first time offenders a second chance,” Mattone said. “Most of the participants are college kids who may have had too much to drink at the bar or Keeneland.”

The program is limited only to non-violent offenders. Although witnesses said Hartline struck a woman, no assault charges have been filed in Fayette County District court.

Mattone said that in addition to community service, Hartline and Carnes may have other requirements for the program. These requirements are determined by an interview with the offender.

Hartline was also charged with failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change, the police report said.

Carnes, who is now 21, was charged with being 18 to 20 years old and using or attempting to use false identification to obtain alcohol.

A court date to assess Carnes’ and Hartline’s progress is scheduled for March 14.