Iowa football: Offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs arrested on OWI charge

Tristan Wirfs

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa sophomore offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, 1st offense.

Police records show Wirfs was stopped at around 1:43 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of south Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Wirfs, 19, was later booked into the Johnson County Jail around 3:37 a.m. and was released at 10 a.m. Sunday.

According to the arrest report, Wirfs and two other passengers were on Wirfs’ Yamaha Zuma — a popular motor scooter among Iowa athletes — when police pulled the party over because “passengers laughing and yelling” drew attention to vehicle.

Police said they observed Wirfs with a bar wristband on, the odor of ingested alcohol and glassy/watery eyes. Wirfs admitted to consuming “a couple of alcohol beverages throughout the night,” according to the report.

He failed the field sobriety test with a .129 blood alcohol level, according to the report.

“While we are currently gathering additional facts, I am disappointed in Tristan’s decision-making based on the information that’s already been confirmed,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said in a release.

“He 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.”

One of the top-ranked recruits in Iowa’s 2017 class, Wirfs played 10 games during his freshman season and started the last eight. He was listed as the starting right tackle on Iowa’s two-deep depth chart released during Big Ten media days.

With a suspension of some length inevitably coming, the Hawkeyes will have to shuffle their offensive line a bit to start the season. Iowa opens fall camp this week, with its Sept. 1 season-opener against Northern Illinois nearly a month away.

Wirfs is the second Iowa lineman who was recently arrested. Defensive tackle Brady Reiff was booked on a public intoxication charge in the early hours of July 21. He has been suspended for the season-opener.

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/sports/college/iowa/football/2018/07/29/iowa-football-offensive-lineman-tristan-wirfs-arrested-owi-charge/858919002/

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Judge sides with Albuquerque mother in fight against DWI program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For more than 10 years, the city of Albuquerque has been seizing cars from drunk drivers and selling them whether the driver owned the vehicle or not.

A federal judge has ruled those seizures are illegal.

in part, the federal judge ruled in favor of a mother calling the Albuquerque Police Department’s DWI seizure program “unconstitutional.”

Arlene Harjo has been fighting the city for the last two years after her car was taken when she wasn’t the one driving it. Harjo’s car was seized after her son borrowed her car, was pulled over and arrested for a DWI.

Harjo filed a lawsuit to get her car back and hopefully see an end to the city’s program.

In the suit, she stated the city’s program was nothing but a money maker for the city. She claims Albuquerque attorneys have “latitude when setting financial consequences” associated with each vehicle seizure.

In 2016, the year Harjo’s car was seized, the city’s program brought in nearly a half-million dollars.

Since 2005, APD has seized thousands of cars and it’s a practice that has been criticized for years. Drivers’ cars are taken after a second DWI arrest, or if they’re caught driving on a revoked license, and most often they’re sold at auction

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge James Browning ruled in favor of Harjo saying in part, “forfeiture personnel have an unconstitutional institutional incentive to prosecute forfeitures” and that the program violates a car owner’s due process.

In April, Mayor Tim Keller asked city council to update the city ordinance to require a conviction before anyone’s car is permanently taken.

KRQE News 13 asked the city how the new ruling affects the current ordinance. Keller’s office sent the following statement:

“This ruling confirms our concerns with the past approach and the need to protect the constitutional rights of people in our community. At the Mayor’s direction, the City’s Legal department has been working to update the program, including limiting it to cases where there has been a conviction based on the new state law. The City’s legal team will analyze the impact the ruling will have. Meanwhile, APD is focusing efforts on effectively combating drunk driving by doubling the number of traffic stops and increasing DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols,” said Alicia Manzano, Communications Director for the Mayor’s Office.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/judge-sides-with-albuquerque-mother-in-fight-against-dwi-seizure-program/1335831477

Former WWE dies in jail cell, Tennessee officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former WWE star Brian Lawler, the son of Jerry “The King” Lawler, died Sunday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, had been held at the Hardeman County Jail on DUI-related charges and was found Saturday evening hanging in his cell.

“Corrections officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived,” the TBI said in a statement. “Lawler was transported to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where he died Sunday afternoon.”

Mark Davidson, the 25th District Attorney General, requested that special agents with the TBI investigate, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Lawler’s death comes less than a month after he was arrested and charged on July 7 with DUI, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license in Hardeman County, which is about an hour east of Memphis.

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday that Lawler was being held on that case at the time of this incident.

Lawler spent several years in the WWE from 1997-2001. He was known as “Grandmaster Sexay” and was part of the Too Cool tag team with “Scotty 2 Hotty” that won the tag team championship in 2000.

Also Sunday, WWE announced that Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, a Hall of Famer who wrestled as Nikolai Volkoff for more than three decades, has died at 70.

Lawler’s pro wrestling career began in the United States Wrestling Association, where he performed as “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher.

“RIP Brian Christopher,” Hulk Hogan tweeted. “Thank you for always stealing the show my brother.”

Lawler spent two years on TNA’s roster before making appearances on the independent circuit for more than a decade. He returned to the WWE in 2014 for a brief Too Cool reunion appearance.

He was arrested in June on a charge of failure to pay an $800 bill with a friend at the Hampton Inn in downtown Memphis.

In February, he was hospitalized following a fight at an Indiana hotel room with former TNA wrestler Chase Stevens.

“WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away,” WWE said in a statement Sunday. “Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era. WWE extends its condolences to Lawler’s family, friends and fans.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2018/07/30/brian-lawler-wwe-wrestler-grandmaster-florida/862044002/

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DUI suspect shows up drunk arrested for violating bail

HOOKSETT, N.H. (WHDH) – A man accused of leaving the scene of a drunken driving crash in Hooksett, New Hampshire Wednesday was re-arrested Friday after police say he showed up drunk to complete the booking process, officials said.

Officers responding to a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of West River and Hackett Hill roads about 3:59 p.m. Wednesday spoke with witnesses who said the driver had been all over the road prior to the crash and fled the scene on Interstate 93 south, according to Hooksett police.

After stopping the damaged car on the highway, police say they arrested Barry Little, 35, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, after they determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

Little was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,  conduct after an accident, operating after suspension and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

He was ordered released on $6,000 personal recognizance bail on the condition that he return to Hooksett Police Department to complete the booking process and not consume any alcohol until his Aug. 9 arraignment at 6th Circuit Hooksett District Court.

But when police say he showed up drunk to complete the booking process Friday, he was re-arrested on a charge of breach of bail conditions.

He was released on an additional $2,000 personal recognizance bail and given the same arraignment date.

Police: Drunken driving suspect shows up drunk to complete booking process, arrested for violating bail