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Iowa basketball's Cordell Pemsl suspended after drunken driving arrest

Athletics department still gathering information

Cordell Pemsl
Cordell Pemsl

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa basketball player Cordell Pemsl was arrested for drunken driving early Friday morning.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, Pemsl, 22, of Iowa City, was observed by an officer in the area of Clinton and Court streets failing to obey a traffic control device and making an improper left turn. The vehicle Pemsl was driving also had a cracked taillight, police said.

Police said Pemsl showed signs of intoxication, was wearing bar wristbands and admitted to drinking. He showed “measurable impairment” on field sobriety tests and breath testing showed his blood alcohol content to be in the range of .122 to .151 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the criminal complaint.

Pemsl was arrested for first offense drunken driving, a serious misdemeanor. Jail records show that he is no longer in custody.

The UI athletics department announced Friday morning they are gathering information related to Pemsl’s arrest and that he has been suspended from all basketball-related activities indefinitely.

A redshirt junior from Dubuque, Pemsl has played in 67 games for the Hawkeyes, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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