Two Former Hawkeyes Arrested for Drunk Driving in Separate Incidents

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Two seniors on this past season’s University of Iowa football team were arrested for drunk driving early Wednesday morning in two separate incidents in downtown Iowa City.

Former wide receiver Damond Powell, 22, was stopped shortly after 1:20 a.m. for driving with no headlights or taillights. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Powell admitted to police that he had been drinking. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content level of .122, the Iowa limit is .08.

Former safety John Lowdermilk, 22, was pulled over shortly after 2 a.m. for a brake light that was out. The Gazette reports that Lowdermilk told police he was picking up friends at a downtown Iowa City bar. He later admitted to being at the bar and drinking.

Police said he failed a field sobriety test and provided a preliminary breathalyzer test with a reading of .094, the Iowa limit is .08.

Powell and Lowdermilk both played in all 13 games during the 2014 football season.

The University of Iowa has not commented on this morning’s arrests.



  • Hugo S LaVia

    Kirk Ferentz’s message for his answering machine:
    Hi, this is Kirk Ferentz. I am aware of this alleged incident and consider it to be a serious situation. Based on what I know to this point, I think it is best to let due process run its course before coming to any judgment.
    At the tone, please leave the name or names of the offending player or players and the charge or charges and I will never get back to you.

  • Tyler T

    Misleading headline. These are FORMER Hawkeye football players, as both of their eligibility expired after the bowl game.

  • Fed UP

    Well, let’s see how the “tephlon coach” handles this one. Both he and Mason have deep 6th every charge against any of their players, including assaults against women. NOT ONE has ever gone to trial and convicted. Disgraceful and Ferentz will do nothing with these charges as well.

    • Smarter than Fed Up

      Considering that they are no longer members of the team since they were both seniors, I really hope KF doesn’t waste time dealing with this.

  • Marty Enslow

    Why is this a news worthy story… Did any other college students get arrested for ANYTHING at Drake, ISU, UNI,Simpson, AIB… come on news editor… These two ex-football players are just college students now… Just because we have heard their names on tv and in the papers as former athletes you sensationalize the incidents… I would rather see some REAL sports news reporting like why the U of I football program fails to recruit or even try to recruit five star athletes.

  • Helen

    Wonder why no reports of the ISU football players who have been kicked off the team lately? These guys are former players. It’s not and issue with Ferentz anymore.

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