UPDATED: Officer recognized UI wrestler and pulled him over

Kathleen Serino
Published: December 17 2011 | 2:58 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 9:01 am in
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Updated Dec. 17 at 3:50 p.m. with information from police complaint

IOWA CITY - The arresting officer said he knew it was UI wrestler Montell Marion when he was pulled over Friday for driving while barred, authorities say.

According to the Johnson County Jail, the 23-year-old was stopped by UI police at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Melrose Court earlier Friday afternoon.

The officer was driving behind Marion's vehicle when he ran his plates to discover he was a barred driver, and then pulled up next to the wrestler and visually identified him, a UIPD report indicates.

Police said Marion did not know he was barred and provided his driver's license to the officer.

This is Marion's third traffic-related charge in Johnson County. Current records indicate he has been a barred driver between Nov. 19, 2011 through Nov. 17, 2012.

Marion was suspended from the wresting team in 2010 after he was arrested for OWI in 2010, but was reinstated January 2011.

Marion was released this afternoon on a promise to appear in court, deputies said. Driving while barred is an aggravated misdemeanor.

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