Former Iowa baseball star charged with OWI

Mark Emmert

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Tyler Peyton, who recently completed his career as a star pitcher/first baseman for the Iowa baseball team, was arrested early Friday and charged with OWI.

A University of Iowa police report stated that Peyton was approaching the intersection of Washington and South Linn streets at 1 a.m. when a passenger got out of his vehicle to move a construction cone that had been set up for the Iowa Arts Festival this weekend.

Peyton drove around a “road closed” sign and was pulled over. Police say he admitted to drinking alcohol, and a preliminary breath test recorded a blood-alcohol level of .133.

He was charged with first offense OWI, a serious misdemeanor, and released from jail at 11 a.m.

Tyler Peyton was arrested early Friday and charged with  OWI.

A native of Grimes, Peyton, 22, was an all-American at Iowa in 2015. This spring, he batted .335 and went 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA as the Hawkeyes reached the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament last weekend in Omaha, Neb.

He was a 33rd-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds last summer but opted to return to college. He is eligible to be selected again in this month’s MLB Draft.