High School Wrestling Coach Blows .241% BAC

An Iowa City wrestling coach was arrested for driving under the influence in Iowa July 2 after driving the wrong direction on a divided highway. Brad Smith was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 965 in Coralville around midnight, and headed directly toward a marked North Liberty Police squad car.

The officer noted Smith’s bloodshot, watery eyes, lack of balance and slurred speech, and had him submit to a breath test. The results were a blood alcohol content of .241%, more than three times the legal limit. Smith also admitted to drinking.

Smith, 56, is a former national wrestling champion and a member of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was named national high school coach of the year in 1990. He has been with Iowa High in Iowa City since 1991, leading the wrestling squad to five state championships.

Smith was charged with drunk driving in Iowa and driving the wrong way on a highway. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to appear in court on October 4. If convicted of DUI in Iowa, Smith faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1500.

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