IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Los Angeles Angels prospect faces an OWI charge after an arrest in Iowa City, Saturday night.
Swanda, a pitcher, and a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines was an MLB fourth-round draft pick for the Angels in August. (Courtesy: KCCI)
While performing a welfare check, Iowa City Police found John Swanda, 18, Des Moines, asleep behind the wheel of a Toyota 4Runnner at 204 East Washington Street, around 11:30 p.m.
The teen was taken into custody, but has since bonded out of Johnson County jail. He faces, not only the first offense OWI charge, but one for possession of a fake I.D. Both are serious misdemeanors in Iowa, punishable by up to one year in jail apiece.
Swanda, a pitcher, and a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines was an MLB fourth-round draft pick for the Angels in August.
“Swanda, a University of Nebraska commit, was the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year after going 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 29 strikeouts during his senior season,” reports MLB.com. “The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder wields a fastball in the low 90s that he can command, and he also throws a curveball.”
The Des Moines Register reported that Swanda intended to turn down his college scholarship to sign with the Angels.