IOWA CITY --- Three Iowa football players, including a three-year starter who has been a co-captain for every game this season, have been arrested by Iowa City police within 24 hours of each other on alcohol-related charges.
Starting cornerback Micah Hyde, back-up tight end Ray Hamilton and reserve offensive lineman Drew Clark were charged following separate incidents between 2 a.m. on Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday.
The arrests occurred within blocks of each other during the only bye weekend on the Hawkeyes’ 2012 schedule.
Hyde was released on bond from the Johnson County Jail late Saturday morning after being charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts after he led police on a foot chase early Saturday.
Hamilton was cited for violating the city’s under-21 ordinance while Clark was charged with public intoxication.
According to police reports, Hyde was one of approximately 15 individuals identified by employees of the Old Capitol Brew Works who refused to leave the establishment at 525 S. Gilbert St. around 1 a.m. Saturday.
A fight was reported and officers arrived on the scene as the group was leaving. Officers confronted the group nearby at the corner of Gilbert Street and Bowery, ordering them to stop. Hyde and others opted to run.
Police chased Hyde, 21, and he was apprehended after a two-block foot chase and was taken to jail after displaying “bloodshot watery eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage.’’ He refused a post-arrest breathalyzer, and according the police report, he told officers he had “drunk a vodka/Sprite, a shot and a Bud Light earlier in the night.’’
The charges Hyde faces are both simple misdemeanors, each carrying a maximum $625 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Hyde’s arrest at 12:48 a.m. came nearly 10 minutes after Hamilton was cited approximately five blocks away.
He was ticketed at Pints, a bar located at 118 S. Clinton St., for violating an Iowa City ordinance which prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from being in establishments classified as bars after 10 p.m.
Hamilton, 19, faces a fine and court costs which could climb cost him as much as $465.
Clark, 22, was arrested on public intoxication charges at 2:24 a.m. on Friday when police responded to a call at 618 Bowery St. in a residential neighborhood several blocks east of where Hyde was apprehended.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz offered no comment on the situations Saturday.
Hyde led the Big Ten in pass break-ups a year ago and currently is third on the Hawkeye team with 33 tackles. He is also the only Iowa player to have returned punts this season, averaging 6.8 yards on 10 attempts.
Hamilton has seen playing time in a rotation at tight end and has caught one pass for 20 yards, while Clark was listed as Iowa’s second-team left guard following spring practices, but fell off the two-deep roster during fall camp.