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Watching 'South Park' while driving leads to arrest for Iowa City man

Griffen J. Vogelgesang Maurer
Griffen J. Vogelgesang Maurer

IOWA CITY — There’s a time and a place for watching “South Park.”

When you’re driving is not one of those times. When you’re driving and you’re high is definitely not one of those times.

An Iowa City man learned that lesson the hard way Monday morning.

A Johnson County deputy pulled over Griffen J. Vogelgesang Maurer, 18, around 7:11 a.m. near Dodge and Jefferson streets after seeing him watching “South Park” on his phone while driving, according to criminal complaints from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Vogelgesang Maurer’s car smelled of marijuana, and Vogelgesang Maurer admitted to recently smoking. He handed over marijuana, a pipe and grinder to the officer, police said.

Police said Vogelgesang Maurer showed signs of impairment during standard field sobriety tests, and a breath test showed no presence of alcohol. After a drug evaluation, police determined he was too high to be safely driving.

Vogelgesang Maurer was arrested and faces charges of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, both serious misdemeanors.

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