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Iowa linebacker Nick Wilson was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated early Saturday morning in Iowa City.
The 6-2, 206-pounder, who took a redshirt last season, was pulled over at the intersection of Gilbert and Court Streets. He also was charged with driving with a suspended/cancelled license. An OWI is a serious misdemeanor.
The University of Iowa acknowledged the arrest with a statement Sunday afternoon. “UI athletics department officials are in the process of gathering facts in regards to the incident. Wilson is subject to established university protocol in regards to the UI student life code of conduct and team rules and regulations set for members of the football program.”
According to the complaint, at 12:07 Saturday morning, Iowa City Police pulled Wilson over in his car after officers observed him stop ahead of the white stop line at two stoplights and twice drift out of his lane and swerve back in. Officers observed bloodshot, watery eyes, impaired speech and balance and a smell of alcohol, the complaint stated.
Wilson initially denied drinking, but later admitted to having “two or three mixed drinks,” according to the complaint. The complaint also said Wilson failed a preliminary breath test with a BrAC or .100 percent (.08 is considered operating while intoxicated in Iowa). A Datamaster test showed a BrAC of .106.
Wilson is not among the 105 players in preseason camp prior to the start of fall semester classes. Per NCAA rules, walk-ons not on preferred status are eligible to join practice this week with the beginning of fall semester classes.
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