When you’re driving past a police officer shortly after midnight in Iowa City, what goes through your mind? Chances are you’ll double-check that speedometer, glance in your rear view mirror and continue driving peacefully, right?
One thing that you definitely don’t want to do is yell, “Fuck the police!”
At around 12:44 a.m. this morning, a gold sedan passed by an Iowa City police officer and did just that. This is generally a bad idea, and probably not the best way to start off an encounter with law enforcement. What encounter, you ask? The one that starts after you yell, “Fuck the police!” at the police, of course! That kind of encounter.
According to the ICPD, the (presumably befuddled) officer followed the sedan for a short while before initiating a traffic stop, at which point our three NWA enthusiasts (another presumption) politely exited their vehicle and impolitely scurried off into the night. Scofflaws!
Officers later found the alleged driver, 21-year-old Craig Richman, approaching his home on Dodge Street and placed him in custody. According to the report, when asked if he had been drinking, Richman stated, “Not since I was driving.”
After issuing a sobriety test, police charged him with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, a serious misdemeanor.