Posted: 11:54 am Friday, November 20th, 2009

Boynton Beach RB Josh Kelley arrested Wednesday 

By Jason Lieser

Two days before his team’s playoff game against Plantation-American Heritage, Boynton Beach senior Josh Kelley was arrested at Sara Simms Park in Boynton Beach. Kelley, 18, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

Kelley's booking mug shot, courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Kelley's booking mug shot, courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Boynton Beach Police Department, officers saw a minor throwing away nine bags of marijuana around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. When they were detaining the minor, an incident developed with Kelley and others.

Boynton Beach Police said Kelley made physical threats against the officers, then ran away. Officers caught him, but he resisted, police said. At that point, at least three other men became involved and later were arrested.

Officer Connor Haugh, 26, broke his wrist in the course of the confrontation, police said.

Boynton Beach athletic director and football coach Rick Swain did and Principal Keith Oswald did not return messages seeking comment.

The Tigers (4-6) open the Class 2A playoffs at 7:30 p.m against Plantation-American Heritage. Kelley, a running back, leads the team with 394 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Kelley was arrested last September when 450 Boynton Beach police officers raided homes and made at least 37 arrests related to cocaine dealing ring. The State’s Attorney’s Office said charges were never filed against Kelley. Shortly after the arrest, Swain told The Post that Kelley had not done anything wrong and was mistakenly detained in the bust.

Click here for the initial article on Wednesday’s incident.