Berry coach arrested in Alabama

David Beasley

Berry College baseball coach David Beasley was arrested Friday in Pike County, Alabama, on a firstdegree theft of property charge.

According to the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Beasley, 53, of Rome was booked at the Pike County jail in Troy, Alabama, at 3:06 p.m. CDT Friday and released from jail on $5,000 bond at 6:01 p.m.

Anthony Joseph, an attorney for Beasley, said the charges against Beasley stem from alleged unauthorized use of a corporate gas card owned by a Pike County, Alabama, business that was the victim of a major internal theft case which allegedly involved several members of Beasley's extended family.

"David Beasley is a fine upstanding man with an impeccable character. It is unfortunate that the D.A. has taken this course of action," Joseph said. "When all of the facts are presented, his good name will be restored."

His brother Michael Beasley, 56, whose address was not available, was also arrested on the same charge Friday and released on $5,000 bond at the same time his brother was released.

Berry College Public Relations Director Christine Kozelle said, "We can't comment on pending legal matters."

Beasley is a native of Troy, Alabama, and has been the head baseball coach at Berry since 1998.