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Police: Iowa football player arrested after drunkenly mistaking police car for Uber

A University of Iowa football player was arrested early Saturday morning in Iowa City after he allegedly mistook a police car for an Uber.

Accused of public intoxication, Brady Reiff, 22, a starting defensive tackle for the UI football team, approached a parked UI police cruiser on Iowa Avenue at about 2 a.m. and attempted to open the vehicle’s passenger door, according to UI police.

When Reiff noticed there was a rider sitting in the passenger seat, police said he moved to the back door and attempted to open it.

When asked what he was doing, police said Reiff asked for a ride home. “He thought that was our job,” the police report states.

When asked if he thought the vehicle was an Uber, police said Reiff replied “Yes.”

According to the arrest report, a breathalyzer test showed Reiff’s blood alcohol content was .204 — more than twice the legal limit if he were driving — at the time of his arrest.

Reiff was taken to Johnson County Jail and released at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday at Big Ten media days in Chicago that Reiff will be suspended for Iowa's season opener against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1.

Reiff, a junior, recorded 13 tackles, with one tackle for loss and one sack, during last year’s season.

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