Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Iowa City Police responded to the report of marijuana smells coming from room 401 of Hotel Vetro. You know what that means, right? Crime afoot! Thankfully, due to the actions of at least one good Samaritan, justice has prevailed: A Chicago man is now facing a serious misdemeanor charge for first-offense possession of a controlled substance.
When officers arrived outside of room 401, hotel management knocked on the door and were greeted by Rodney Ipaye, 26, who subsequently invited police inside for a chat, the complaint report states. Initially, Ipaye identified himself as “Robert Smith,” but later admitted his real name after a background check came up short (there can be only one Robert Smith).
Ipaye admitted that he and his friends were smoking blunts in the bathroom, according to police, and also admitted that the marijuana was his. He then requested to use the bathroom.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Ipaye is totally going to run into the bathroom and flush away the evidence (of a crime for which he had, unfortunately, already incriminated himself). The police were thinking the same thing, of course, and told Ipaye not flush the toilet after relieving himself. “I asked the [defendant] if he understood and he stated yes,” the officer’s report says.
So, Ipaye strolled into the bathroom and subsequently flushed the toilet.
“I yelled don’t flush several times however the [defendant] continued and stated, ‘sorry I am high,'” the report concludes.