Hawkeye lineman charged with OWI

Second law enforcement incident for Iowa football team this month

A member of the University of Iowa football team was arrested for drunken driving Friday night.

According to the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, 21-year-old T. Dean Tsopanides, a defensive lineman, was stopped just before midnight for expired registration at the intersection of East Prentiss and South Linn streets in Iowa City. Police said they could smell alcohol when they spoke to Tsopanides.

Tsopanides passed walk-and-turn and one-leg stand sobriety tests, but failed an eye test, police said. He admitted to drinking a beer at 4 p.m., but refused to submit to breath tests. He was arrested for drunken driving.

A junior from Connecticut, Tsopanides red-shirted in 2011 and has not seen any playing time the last two seasons.

Tsopanides’ brush with the law marks the second incident for the football team this month. Safety Nico Law was cited for disorderly conduct after getting in a fight in Iowa City. Law pleaded guilty to the offense and announced he was transferring out of the University of Iowa.