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Sports Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette arrested for operating while intoxicated after Northwestern loss

21:15  01 november  2020
21:15  01 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Hours after Iowa's crushing 21-20 football loss to Northwestern, Iowa star wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette was arrested for operating while intoxicated in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Smith-Marsette, 21, was pulled over at 1:27 a.m. by Iowa City Police and later jailed. KCJJ Radio in Iowa City first reported the arrest.

According to the police report, Smith-Marsette was traveling 74 mph in a 30 mph zone in a white 2017 Chevy Camaro and blew a 0.13% on a blood-alcohol test, which exceeds the 0.08% limit for driving with impairment.

Officer Brad Reinhard, in the report, observed that Smith-Marsette "had blood-shot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol" and admitted to drinking.

According the police report, this was Smith-Marsette's first OWI offense.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Iowa senior receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette breaks Northwestern tackles en route to a first down in the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. © Bryon Houlgrave/The Register Iowa senior receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette breaks Northwestern tackles en route to a first down in the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.

The incident occurred about seven hours after the Hawkeyes fell to 0-2 for the young 2020 football season. In the loss to Northwestern, Iowa blew a 17-0 lead and failed to score in the second half. Smith-Marsette set a career-high with seven receptions (for 84 yards) in the game.

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a football player on a field: Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette runs up field during Saturday's 21-20 loss to Northwestern. He had seven catches for 84 yards. © Charlie Neibergall, AP Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette runs up field during Saturday's 21-20 loss to Northwestern. He had seven catches for 84 yards.

The speedy 6-foot-1 receiver is one of Iowa's best players and one of the top kickoff returners in Big Ten Conference history. He was the offensive MVP of the 2019 Holiday Bowl after scoring three touchdowns — one rushing, one receiving and one on a kick return.

Smith-Marsette, a senior, has played in 39 games for the Hawkeyes and has 93 career receptions for 1,384 yards. He has 15 career touchdowns.

Smith-Marsette almost certainly will face a suspension from game time from head coach Kirk Ferentz. In 2018, offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs received a one-game suspension after a summertime OWI.

The Hawkeyes next face Michigan State at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. An initial request for comment from Ferentz was not immediately returned.

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This article originally appeared on Hawk Central: Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette arrested for operating while intoxicated after Northwestern loss

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