Iowa junior defensive end Broderick Binns was arrested for drunken driving in University Heights early Friday morning after he initially was pulled over for an apparent driving violation.
Binns, 20, was taken to the Johnson County Jail at 12:57 a.m. He was released from jail on his own recognizance early this morning after making his initial appearance.
“I was very disappointed to learn of the incident involving Broderick Binns,” Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement Friday morning. “He will, as a result, receive counseling and will attend an educational program. He will also receive some form of suspension and will do community service.
“I still need to get all the facts concerning the incident. But, the matter and punishment will be handled internally.”
According to the police complaint, Binns was driving a gold 2003 Dodge Durango and was pulled over for driving straight through a left turn lane near the intersection of Benton Street and Greenwood Drive and an equipment violation. Binns allegedly had watery eyes, smelled of alcohol and had impaired speech and balance. His preliminary breath test was .097, above Iowa’s .08 standard for drunken driving.
Binns, who was one of four sophomores on the team’s leadership council last year, won’t turn 21 for another two weeks but allegedly was wearing a wristband provided for over-21 patrons in downtown Iowa City, according to the police complaint. An Iowa City law went into effect June 1 that prohibits under-21 customers from Iowa City bars after 10 p.m.
Binns, an honorable mention all-Big Ten performer in 2009, started all 13 games for Iowa last year. He registered 10 tackles for loss and six sacks.
For Iowa athletes, a first-offense alcohol arrest results in a first strike in a three-strike program. A first strike means the student-athlete must complete an alcohol education program, be put on notice and perform 20 hours of community service. A second strike means automatic suspension pending a full alcoholism assessment and 30 hours of community service. A third strike means the athlete is dismissed.