Iowa City police say nude man was smashing taillights

Suspect told officers that 'red means danger to the republic'

Sean Flaherty
Sean Flaherty

UPDATE: Police said they caught a naked Iowa City man smashing out tail lights Wednesday morning.

Iowa City police officers were dispatched to 714 Westwinds Dr. at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a naked man trying to get into cars and hitting cars with a bottle. Responding officers witnessed 42-year-old Sean C. Flaherty smashing out tail lights with a glass bottle.

Police took Flaherty into custody, who admitted to drinking. Flaherty had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol, police said. A breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .083 percent.

Flaherty broke out the tail lights to three different cars, police said. He allegedly told police he was targeting the red tail lights because “red means danger to the republic,” according to criminal complaints.

Police estimate the total damage to the cars to be $600.

According to their website, Flaherty is a member of the Johnson County Democrat's central committee.Flaherty faces charges of criminal mischief and public intoxication.

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