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Iowa football WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette arrested for OWI

he Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (The Gazette)
he Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (The Gazette)

Iowa football senior wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette was arrested in Iowa City early Sunday morning on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Hours after the Hawkeyes’ loss to Northwestern — at 1:27 a.m. — the 21-year-old wide receiver was pulled over on southbound Riverside Drive at Myrtle Avenue for going 74 mph in a 30-mph zone, according to the Iowa City Police Department. Smith-Marsette was driving a white 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

The officer said he had bloodshot watery eyes, impaired speech and smelled of alcohol. The officer also stated in the criminal complaint that Smith-Marsette admitted to drinking and failed a preliminary breath test. According to a Datamaster result, his breath alcohol concentration was 0.13 percent.

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement Sunday Smith-Marsette “will be suspended for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. His availability for future games will be determined as he goes through the University of Iowa Student Athlete Code of Conduct process, which includes counseling and other department protocols.”

Ferentz said he also was “disappointed to learn that Ihmir Smith-Marsette made a number of dangerous and potentially harmful decisions early this morning.

“I spoke with Ihmir this morning, and he was apologetic and disappointed in himself. As a coach and parent, I understand the personal pain that comes with making these types of decisions. These situations can be defining moments for all students. It is my responsibility to hold our players accountable and help them learn and succeed.”

Smith-Marsette didn’t have any catches in Iowa’s season-opening loss to Purdue, but had a team-high seven receptions for 84 yards against Northwestern.

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The 2019 Holiday Bowl MVP after scoring touchdowns via rushing, receiving and kick return, Smith-Marsette entered 2020 with 1,344 kickoff return yards and 1,270 career receiving yards.

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