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Iowa football player Brandon Snyder faces drunken driving charge

Police make traffic stop near Kinnick Stadium


IOWA CITY — A University of Iowa football player was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Sunday near Kinnick Stadium.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, Brandon P. Snyder, 22, a junior free safety for the Hawkeyes, was called in by an off-duty dispatcher about 3 a.m. for driving recklessly. An officer responded and located Snyder driving a 2017 Dodge Challenger near the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Hawkins Drive.

Snyder was pulled over and police said he showed multiple signs of intoxication, including impaired speech and an odor of alcohol. Police said Snyder admitted to drinking, was wearing multiple bar wristbands, showed “measurable impairment” on field sobriety tests and failed a preliminary breath test.

Subsequent breath testing showed Snyder’s blood alcohol content to be .163 percent, more than twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Iowa.

Snyder was arrested and faces one count of drunken driving, a serious misdemeanor.

“We are aware of the incident involving Brandon,” Iowa head Coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement Sunday. “While we are currently gathering additional facts, we are very disappointed to learn of Brandon’s involvement.

“Brandon is subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, and the rules and regulations of our football program.”

Snyder suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last spring and faced missing the entire 2017 season. He recovered and, just 5 months after surgery, made a surprising and inspirational return for the Illinois game on Oct. 7. He returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown, but he also suffered another ACL tear in his left knee.


He was declared out for the season after the Hawkeyes’ victory over Ohio State on Nov. 4. Snyder likely will not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver going into 2018, his senior year.

In his first season as a starter in 2016, the former walk-on from Larchwood made 80 tackles and added a pair of interceptions.

Ferentz said Snyder is expected to return to full health in June.

Marc Morehouse of The Gazette contributed to this report.


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