Brady Reiff, a 22-year-old defensive lineman for the University of Iowa football team, was arrested in Iowa City in the early hours of Saturday, July 21, after he allegedly mistook a police car for an Uber.
According to The Gazette, Reiff approached a parked University of Iowa police car on Iowa Avenue around 2 a.m. and attempted to open the vehicle’s passenger door. Police say that when Reiff noticed someone — a cop — sitting in the passenger seat of the cruiser, he moved to the back door and attempted to open that instead.
The arrest report states that a breathalyzer test showed that Reiff’s blood alcohol content was .204 at the time of his arrest, which more than twice the legal limit of .08%.
via The Gazette:
When asked what he was doing, police said Reiff asked for a ride home. “He thought that was our job,” the police report states.
When asked if he thought the vehicle was an Uber, police said Reiff replied “Yes.” Reiff was taken to Johnson County Jail and released at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
“We are aware of the incident and are currently gathering additional facts,” UI Athletic Director Gary Barta said in a statement, adding that Reiff would be subject to the school’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and the rules of the Hawkeye football program.
Reiff, a junior Hawkeye who is the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Riley Reiff, recorded 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, and one sack, last season. He is expected to be a starter this upcoming season.