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TAMPA - A Carolina Panthers cheerleader and another woman claiming to be her teammate were arrested for a nightclub incident after they had sex in a restroom stall early Sunday, police said.

One was charged with battery, the other disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The incident at Channelside began about 11 hours before the Panthers faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

As they left the Orient Road Jail late Sunday morning, 26-year-old Angela Ellen Keathley and the other woman, who was not identified, sprinted to a car and would not comment. Keathley was released on $750 bail and the unidentified woman on $500 bail.

Fellow Panther cheerleaders posted bail for the women and would not comment.

Police said the unidentified woman may have used the identification of another Panthers cheerleader when arrested. That was not determined by police until after her release from jail. Her identity had not been determined by Sunday evening, and she could face a charge of lying to police, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

Witnesses said Keathley and the woman were having sex in a stall at Banana Joe's in Channelside about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, an arrest report states.

Club patron Melissa Holden said she and other women became angry while waiting for the restroom.

Holden said she could see the two women in the stall and heard moaning. After about 15 minutes, she said, the two women emerged. Another patron complained and then "the blonde hit me in the face," Holden said.

Holden said she grabbed that woman's arms, held them behind her back and called for security.

"I have a big black eye now and I have to go to work on Tuesday," said Holden, a nurse.

When police arrested the woman they said hit Holden, she gave police the driver's license of a Panthers cheerleader as identification, according to the police report. Keathley "got riled up" after that woman was arrested, McElroy said.

Keathley was drunk, "rude and belligerent," using foul language and uncooperative with police, the report states.

Police tried arresting Keathley, but she refused to place her hands behind her back and struggled with an officer trying to handcuff her, the report states.

A call to Banana Joe's corporate office was not returned Sunday.

A Panthers spokesman said the team wouldn't comment but was aware of the incident.

Keathley is listed on the Panthers' Web site as a registered nurse and a second-year cheerleader for the team