Senior Cornerback Hyde Arrested
By Marc Morehouse, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Micah Hyde, a senior cornerback for the Iowa Hawkeyes, was arrested Saturday morning for public intoxication and interference with official acts.
Hyde, a captain and three-year starter for Iowa, was among a group of people who wouldn’t leave Old Capitol Brew Works around closing time early Saturday morning, according to the Iowa City Police Department report. Hyde was among a group of about 15 subjects fighting with the staff.
There was no immediate comment from the University of Iowa. Hyde wasn’t the only alcohol-related legal run-in during the Hawkeyes’ idle weekend. Iowa (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) travels to Michigan State next Saturday.
Sophomore tight end Ray Hamilton was ticketed Saturday morning for being underaged and in a bar after 10 p.m., and junior offensive lineman Drew Clark was arrested Friday for public intoxication.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz issued a statement through Iowa sports information Saturday night:
“I was disappointed to learn of the events involving three team members, as all three of these student-athletes have been good citizens during their time in our program,” Ferentz said. “We will follow protocol set by the UI student-athlete Code of Conduct, as well as taking additional measures within the program.”
On the Hyde incident, the officers arrived on the scene as the crowd was breaking up. Staff pointed out which subjects were involved, including Hyde. The police confronted the group at the corner of Bowery and Gilbert St., told them to stop and flashed squad car lights. Hyde and the group ignored the command and fled.
Police chased Hyde, 21, who was apprehended two blocks away. According to the report, Hyde had “bloodshot watery eyes and an odor of an alcoholic beverage” and showed six of six signs of impairment and refused a post-arrest breathalyzer.
Hyde said “he had drunk a vodka/Sprite, a shot and a Bud Light earlier in the night,” according to the report. He was then taken into custody and bonded out of the Johnson County Jail at around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
Last season, Hyde, a native of Fostoria, Ohio, led the Big Ten with 11 pass breakups and was eighth in interceptions with three last season and was a second-team all-Big Ten pick. This season, he’s tied for third on the Hawkeyes with 33 tackles and has three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He also has five passes defended.
Both charges are simple misdemeanors. Each charge carries a maximum $625 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Hamilton, 19, was charged with a “presence on premise (licensed liquor establishment) after hours” ticket at 12:40 a.m. Saturday at Pints, an Iowa City bar. Hamilton had his first reception of the season and second of his career last week against Minnesota.
An “under 21 in a bar after 10 p.m.” ticket carries a $300 fine that can climb as high as $465 with court costs and surcharge.
Clark, 22, was arrested Friday for a public intoxication. He’s a junior offensive lineman from Marion.
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