University of Iowa Hawkeyes’ guard Peter Jok was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with a single count of operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence (OWI). Most drunk driving arrests involve cars or trucks, but in this case, Jok was driving a moped when the blue lights came flashing up behind him.
The freshman basketball star was driving a moped through Iowa City in a.m. hours when when he was pulled over by an Iowa City Police officer. According to the police report, Jok was attempting to turn from an improper lane, had no safety flag, and his moped was missing a taillight cover. The officer noted these citations and attempted a routine traffic stop.
The police officer reportedly smelled alcohol on Jok’s breath and noticed the presence of bloodshot, watery eyes, at which point he requested the Hawkeyes’ star to submit to a breathalyzer. Jok blew a .082, which is just slightly over the state’s legal limit of 0.080.
Jok was handcuffed and taken into custody after failing the breathalyzer test.
So, how will the University of Iowa handle Jok’s recent run in with the law? Head coach Fran McCaffery addressed the incident in a recent tweet, saying he plans to “deal with the facts” once he arrived back to the University. In any case, it isn’t looking good for Jak or the Hawkeyes, as the young star was pushing an average of 4.4 points per game. Assuming they follow the University’s Code of Conduct, Jok will likely be out for a large portion of the season.
“I am currently in California recruiting and have not had an opportunity to gather all the facts of the OWI charge against Peter. When I return to Iowa City, and after being fully informed of the situation, we’ll deal with the facts at that time and operate in accordance with the rules and regulations of our student-athlete Code of Conduct,” tweeted Fran McCaffery.
But there’s still hope that Jok will remain on the team. The Univerisity of Iowa’s Code of Conduct for “Category II misconduct” includes the following:
“warning, reprimand, probation with or without conditions, requirements for restitution, conditions to encourage personal rehabilitation (e.g., counseling and community service), conditions related to satisfactory academic performance, suspension from practice, suspension from competition, and/or suspension from access to athletic departmental services.”
Depending on how McCaffery plans to discipline Jok, he may still be allowed to play.