SIOUX CITY -- A Bishop Heelan football star and University of Iowa recruit is facing four misdemeanor charges in Nebraska, including obstructing a peace officer and possessing drug paraphernalia.
According to Dakota County District Court documents, Michael L. Malloy, 18, was arrested Monday on a warrant in connection with an incident by the South Sioux City levee on July 31. The incident happened just six days after the 6-foot, 175-pound senior made a verbal commit to play college football for the Hawkeyes.
Malloy, who also was arraigned Monday, pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing a peace officer, second-degree criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without headlights.
The Crusaders running back Malloy rushed for 1,668 yards and 29 touchdowns last season while hauling in 26 passes for 210 yards.
Heelan activities director Jason Pratt told the Journal on Thursday that Malloy's actions violated the school's conduct code policy. He will be suspended from all school activities, including games, extracurricular activities and dances for 20 days. His suspension began Thursday.
The Crusaders have two scheduled football games in that time frame: today against Sioux City East and on Sept. 2 at home against Sioux City North.
According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, at 1:36 a.m. on July 31, a South Sioux City officer was driving his patrol car in the area of Dixon Path when he saw a blue 2001 Ford Taurus with its headlights turned off slowly rolling forward.
When the officer flashed his emergency lights, two subjects got out of the car and started running. After reporting a description of the suspects to the Woodbury County Communications Center, the officer approached the car, which was still running. Inside the car, the officer found a wallet belonging to Malloy, the affidavit said.
A short time later another officer in the area found the two subjects hiding near some brush. They fled on foot and jumped a backyard privacy fence in the 1000 block of West Third Street. Additional officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter.
After several minutes of searching, officers located the Taurus' passenger, identified in court documents as A.H. The driver, Malloy, remained at large. Police searched for Malloy for an hour, before giving up.
A.H. told police that Malloy had been "drinking heavily," according to the affidavit. A.H. also gave police permission to remove a bag from the Taurus that A.H. said belonged to Malloy. Inside of the bag, police found a marijuana pipe, according to the affidavit.
A warrant was issued for Malloy's arrest on Aug. 2. He was taken into custody Monday and released from the Dakota County Jail Tuesday after posting 10 percent of a $12,500 bond.
A jury trial for Malloy is scheduled for Oct. 13.