A.J. Derby, the Iowa Hawkeyes’ No. 2 quarterback was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication at an Iowa City bar late Saturday night.
According to criminal complaints filed in Johnson County District Court, Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon at 4919 Walleye Drive on the far eastern edge of Iowa City. Deputies were told that an “uninvited intoxicated male” had punched out a window of a bus as he was exiting it.
After a deputy arrived on the scene, he approached the 6-5, 220-pound Derby, whom witnesses had pointed out as the man responsible for punching out the window. The criminal complaint states that Derby, who turned 20 in September, admitted to punching out the window and said that he would pay for it.
The criminal complaint states that Derby had red, watery eyes and slurred speech, and that he smelled of ingested alcohol. Derby submitted to a breath test that showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .120. Derby was taken to the Johnson County Jail about 11:35 p.m. was released about an hour later.
Fourth-degree criminal mischief is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of between $250 and $1,500.
No statement has been issued by Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz at this point, leaving it unclear as to what team penalties Derby might face.
“The athletic department will follow standard policies and procedures in dealing with this, like we do with all incidents like this,” said Steve Roe of UI Sports Information.
Derby has appeared in two games for the Hawkeyes this season, in mop-up relief of starter James Vandenberg. Derby is a graduate of Iowa City High School, and is the son of former Hawkeye John Derby and the brother of Hawkeye reserve tight end Zach Derby. Zach Derby was charged with public intoxication in April 2009.
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