Marion pleads guilty to driving while barred

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 23, 2012 6:30 AM

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Former Iowa wrestler Montell Marion pleaded guilty to driving while barred as a habitual defender on Wednesday and was ordered to pay a $625 fine, according to online court records.

The charge dates to Dec. 16, when Marion was pulled over and ticketed at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Melrose Court in Iowa City. He had previously been banned from driving for a year after he received a speeding ticket in July 2011; that had been his third traffic-related arrest in Johnson County and sixth moving violation in a two-year span.

The Des Moines native was kicked off the Iowa wrestling team indefinitely in July 2010 after he was charged with OWI; he later pleaded guilty and was reinstated in January 2011.

Marion wrapped up his Hawkeye career with a second-place finish at the NCAA championships last weekend; he was a three-time All-American and finished second at NCAAs twice.

Driving while barred is an aggravated misdemeanor; Marion has the option to perform community service in lieu of the fine.

— by Seth Roberts

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