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Hawkeye linebacker arrested for OWI, dismissed from team

[ 0 ] November 1, 2013 |

An Iowa linebacker was arrested for drunken driving early today after Iowa City Police stopped his vehicle for driving without taillights at 1:06 a.m.

Marcus Zachary Collins, 21, of 708 Iowa Ave., a 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker from Yeadon, Pa., was charged with first offense drunken driving and nonpayment of a fine on a driving under suspension charge.

On Friday afternoon, coach Kirk Ferentz announced via press release that Collins has been dismissed from the team.

“Marcus was currently serving a three game suspension,” Ferentz said in a statement. “He has now been dismissed from our football program. We will assist Marcus as he pursues other options to continue his career. We wish him the best moving forward.”

According to a criminal complaint, police stopped the vehicle Collins was driving, a silver Lexus RX 300, at Burlington and Johnson streets for inoperable taillights. Collins had watery, bloodshot eyes and was wearing a bar wristband, but denied drinking, according to the complaint.

Police said that Collins forgot to put his vehicle into park when he was asked to exit the vehicle, causing it to roll into the squad car. Collins had impaired speech and balance and his breath smelled of alcohol, according to the complaint.

Collins eventually admitted to having six or seven drinks, the complaint says, and he blew a .137 on a preliminary breath test, almost two times the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

He was ticketed for driving with a suspended license.

Collins, a University of Iowa junior, has six tackles and a forced fumble this season while appearing in six of eight games. He has played almost exclusively on special teams and was one of 10 true freshmen to see action in 2011. He also made academic all-Big Ten last season.

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