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Iowa City Man Seriously Injured Himself While Drunk, High On K2, Police Say
By Lee Hermiston, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Police said an Iowa City man severely injured himself punching windows and car doors this week while allegedly drunk and high on synthetic drugs.
Iowa City police officers were called to 1486 S. First Ave. at 1:45 a.m. Aug. 11 for a report of a man screaming while lying in a parking lot. Officers located the man, identified as 23-year-old Mitchell D. Urbain.
Police said Urbain was bloody, had poor balance, smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to drinking wine earlier in the night. According to criminal complaints, Urbain's girlfriend also told officers he was high on K2, otherwise known as synthetic marijuana.
While under the influence, Urbain had allegedly punched out the window to the front door of an apartment complex and garage doors. Police said Urbain's action caused him to suffer "serious" injuries.
Prior to their arrival, police said Urbain had driven his vehicle into a cage at a gas station containing propane tanks. The clerk at the gas station told officers Urbain had fled the scene after hitting the tanks. His vehicle appeared to have sustained "major" front end damage, police said.
Unable to complete any sobriety tests, Urbain was taken to the hospital. There, he submitted to a breath test that showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .147 percent, nearly twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Iowa.
Urbain now faces charges of first-offense drunken driving, a serious misdemeanor; second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; and public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.