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Police arrest man discovered on roof of University of Iowa sorority house

He faces several misdemeanor charges

IOWA CITY — An Illinois man faces a host of charges after police say he was discovered on the roof of a sorority house Monday evening.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers were called to the Pi Beta Phi sorority house, 815 E. Washington St., at 9:33 p.m. for a report of a man on the roof of the building. Police said when the residents of the house started calling police and taking video of the man — later identified as Alexander A. Preissing, 19 — he tried to flee.

Police said Preissing was tackled on the front lawn of the property by a citizen and briefly fought with his would-be captor. Police took Preissing into custody and discovered he smelled strongly of alcohol. Preissing told police he was “just being a drunk,” according to the criminal complaints. He refused a breath test and police discovered he was carrying a fake ID.

Preissing was arrested and faces charges of public intoxication, trespass, disorderly conduct and possession of a fake ID, all simple misdemeanors punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

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