Two legal strikes in three days were enough for Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz — running back De’Andre Johnson has been suspended from the team.
“I was very disappointed to learn of the situation involving De’Andre Johnson Saturday evening,” Ferentz said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “As a result, De’Andre has been suspended immediately from all team activities.”
The sophomore’s most recent bout with the law was Saturday, two days after being cited for a disorderly house. Johnson was charged with eluding on Saturday just two days after being cited for a disorderly house.
According to the University Heights Police Department Johnson, 20, was pulled over on his motorcycle shortly after 9 p.m. after initially failing to stop after speeding away from a red light.
The police report said that Johnson pulled out of his driveway and was waiting at the red light at Benton/Sunset intersection, and “rapidly accelerated.”
He was locked in at 60 mph in a 25 zone and the police “activated top lights and sirens. Defendant continued to gain distance.”
Johnson finally pulled into 1018 W. Benton and parked his motorcycle behind a vehicle in the grass. The report said Johnson said his friend lived at the address but no friend “Jake” was every found.
Johnson is being charged with eluding, a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a mandatory fine of at least $315 but not more than $1,875.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz released a statement Sunday afternoon: “I was very disappointed to learn of the situation involving De’Andre Johnson Saturday evening. As a result, De’Andre has been suspended immediately from all team activities.”
On Thursday night the Iowa City Police Department was dispatched to 1311 W. Benton St., Johnson’s home, for complaints of a loud party.
When officers tried to make contact, no one answered the door and the officers found Johnson in the backyard.
Disorderly house is a simple misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail and a fine of $65 to $625.
Johnson is listed as the second-team running back on the preseason depth chart. He ran for 79 yards on 18 attempts last season.
Randy Peterson contributed to this story
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