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Iowa football player arrested for allegedly riding motorcycle while drunk

Tristan Wirfs is the second UI player to be arrested in the past week

A starting University of Iowa Hawkeyes football player was arrested Sunday for allegedly riding a motorcycle while drunk, marking the second time in a week a player has been nabbed on an alcohol-related offense.

According the arrest report, Tristan P. Wirfs, 19, was observed at about at 1:40 a.m. operating a motorcycle with two passengers on board near 606 South Riverside Drive in Downtown Iowa City.

University of Iowa Police said the passengers were laughing and yelling, which caught officers’ attention and led to a traffic stop.

Police said Wirfs smelled of alcohol and appeared to have “glassy, watery eyes.” Officers also noted he was wearing a wristband from a bar.

Wirfs allegedly admitted to drinking a “couple of alcohol beverages throughout the night,” the report states.

Police conducted field sobriety tests, which indicated Wirfs was impaired, according to the report. A breathalyzer was also administered, police said, which indicated Wirfs had a blood alcohol content of .123.

Wirfs was booked into Johnson County Jail for operating while under the influence, first offense. He was released about six hours later, at 10 a.m.


A sophomore, Wirfs played ten games as a true freshman in 2017, earning a starting position. He is expected to play as a starter in the upcoming season.

UI director of athletics Gary Barta said in a statement issued to local media outlets that the school is currently gathering additional information regarding the arrest.

“I am disappointed in Tristan’s decision making based on the information that’s already been confirmed,’’ he said, adding Wirfs “is subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and the rules and regulations of coach Kirk Ferentz and his program.’’

Wirfs is the second Hawkeyes player to garner unwanted attention for an alcohol-related arrest. Last Saturday, Brady Reiff, a defensive tackle, was charged with public intoxication after mistaking a police car for an Uber. He was suspended for the season opener.

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