Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mark Perry Jr. pleads guilty to public intoxication

By Mike McWilliams
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Police arrested a University of Iowa national champion wrestler for public intoxication this morning after officers allegedly saw him standing the middle of the street yelling.

According to Iowa City police:

It was about 12:56 a.m. when officers responded to Muscatine and Iowa avenues for a report of a man standing in the street and yelling profanities. Officers arrived to find Mark Andrew Perry, Jr., 22, of Coralville, standing in the street with his arms crossed and yelling. Perry told officers he was drinking downtown and at multiple house parties.

Police said Perry smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and trouble keeping his balance. Perry also had a small abrasion on his right foreman and told officers he did not know how he got it. Once in the patrol car, Perry was singing and rambling. A post-arrest breath test showed Perry?s blood-alcohol level at .200, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Perry pleaded guilty this morning to the public intoxication charge. The court ordered him to pay $182 in fines and court costs.

Perry last month won the 165-pound title last month at the NCAA wrestling tournament.