IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa basketball player Peter Jok was arrested early Saturday and charged with OWI. How that affects his standing on the team will be determined at a later date, coach Fran McCaffery said.
Jok, 20, a former all-stater at West Des Moines Valley, was stopped at 2:43 a.m. by Iowa City police at the corner of Riverside Drive and Iowa Avenue after he was observed making a turn from an improper lane.
According to the criminal complaint, he was unsteady while riding the moped. He had no safety flag displayed and was missing a required taillight cover.
The criminal complaint also said that Jok, whose given name is Kacoul Dut Jok, said he had not been drinking. But police observed that he had watery eyes, impaired balance and smelled of ingested alcohol.
Jok failed field sobriety tests conducted at the scene. He also failed a prelimimary breath test with a blood-alcohol reading of .082. He then recorded a .087 reading on a Datamaster.
Jok was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, 1st offense, and taken to the Johnson County Jail. He was released late Saturday morning after making an initial court appearance.
McCaffery was recruiting in California and could not be reached for comment. But in a statement released by the athletic department early Saturday afternoon, McCaffery said he had not had an opportunity to gather all the facts about the OWI charge against Jok.
“When I return to Iowa City, and after being informed of the situation, we’ll deal with the facts at that time and operate in accordance with the rules and regulations of our student-athlete Code of Conduct,” McCaffery said.
Jok’s charge falls under Category II misconduct at the UI. Penalties may include, but are not limited to: warning, reprimand, probation with or without conditions, requirements for restitution, conditions to encourage personal rehabilitation (such as counseling and community service), conditions related to satisfactory academic performance, suspension from practice, suspension from competition and/or suspension from access to athletic department services.
Jok played in 27 games for the Hawkeyes as a freshman, averaging 4.4 points.