By Mitchell Schmidt
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Iowa basketball player Peter Jok has pleaded guilty and requested deferred judgment for the operating while intoxicated charge he received Saturday after police pulled him over on his moped.
Jok, 20, a former all-state player at West Des Moines Valley, entered a plea of guilty Friday in Johnson County District Court, according to the Iowa courts website.
In a prepared statement provided by his attorney Randy Larson, Jok said he regrets his actions and plans to continue contributing to the Iowa basketball team.
“I am so sorry for my mistake in judgment. I will work hard to regain the faith of Hawkeye fans, my coaches, teammates, teachers and family. I take the honor of being an Iowa basketball player very seriously and look forward to proving that,” Jok, whose given name is Kacoul Dut Jok, said in the statement.
Larson said Friday that Jok is already taking steps to complete his court-appointed requirements, which include six months of self-supervised probation, a 48-hour Kirkwood Community College alcohol counseling program, a substance abuse evaluation and recommended treatment, a $625 civil penalty and court costs and a $300 probation fee.
The court will review Jok’s case in six months and, if all requirements are met, his charge will be dismissed.
“He just wanted to take responsibility and put it behind him,” Larson said of Jok. “I think it’s his intent to get those things done as quickly as possible.”
Larson said requesting a deferred judgment is common, especially considering Jok’s clean record, his cooperation with authorities the night he was arrested and his relatively low blood alcohol content, which was .087.
“This isn’t anything unusual, getting it so quickly is maybe a little unusual,” Larson said, adding that the quick plea reflects Jok’s admittance of guilt and willingness to accept the repercussions. “I was impressed with his maturity.”
Iowa City police stopped Jok at 2:43 a.m. Saturday on the corner of Riverside Drive and Iowa Avenue after he made a turn from an improper lane, according to a police complaint. He had no safety flag displayed and was missing a required taillight cover, police say.
Police say Jok, who initially denied drinking, was unsteady on his feet and failed field sobriety tests.
Jok’s charge falls under Category II misconduct at the University of Iowa. 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.
Larson said he couldn’t comment on any disciplinary action taken by school officials but did say Jok has begun community service, as required by the university.
Jok played in 27 games for the Hawkeyes as a freshman, averaging 4.4 points.
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