YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Cardinal Mooney football coach Carl Pelini has turned himself in after Boardman police issued an arrest warrant Monday.
Pelini turned himself in around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and released after posting a $2,500 bond, according to a report.
He was scheduled to appear in Boardman court Tuesday morning. He pleaded not guilty to one count of domestic violence.
He is under court order to stay away from the victim and his case is being transferred to Canfield court because of a conflict with the Boardman judge.
This follows what police are calling a domestic violence incident early Sunday morning at the family’s home.
According to a police report, Pelini’s daughter called 911 at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday from the family’s home in the 8000 block of Ivy Hill saying that her mother was hurt. She said she awoke to the sound of her parents fighting.
911 Caller: “Her eye is bleeding. She has like a black eye.”
Police questioned the victim who they said was “highly intoxicated.” Police say she told them that she and Pelini had an argument, but that “it all happened so fast” and that “he just hit me.”
Pelini’s son also told police the argument woke him up, too. He said he saw blood on the kitchen floor and his mother’s injuries, according to the police report.
The caller was able to ping Pelini’s cellphone, which showed that he was on Interstate 76, near Lake Milton, according to the police report.
The victim was taken to Mercy Health Boardman for treatment.
Officials at Cardinal Mooney confirmed Monday that Pelini has been placed on administrative leave and that coach Mike Tucci will take over the program as interim head coach. Associate athletic director, Jim Jablonski, will continue to serve as associate athletic director.
Pelini recently served as defensive coordinator at Youngstown State University under his brother, Bo Pelini. He previously served as interim head coach at Bowling Green, head coach at Florida Atlantic and as an assistant at Nebraska.
Pelini has been coaching at Mooney for two years. He took over at Mooney for P.J. Fecko, who was head coach for over 20 years.
He’s due back in court again at a later date.