John Futty The Columbus Dispatch @johnfutty
Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Eileen Paley imposed a $375 fine and court costs. Smith, 33, had already attended a three-day driver-education program, which is typically part of the sentence in such cases, defense attorney Bradley Koffel said.
Smith, of Dublin, had been charged with driving while intoxicated, but the charge was reduced as part of the plea agreement. The Columbus city attorney’s office also dismissed charges of driving under suspension, driving without a valid license and having marijuana metabolite in his system.
Smith was pulled over at a random DUI checkpoint on Riverside Drive, just north of Bethel Road, about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.
Perry Township police and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Smith failed a field-sobriety test, but Koffel said that video of the incident showed no signs of impairment.
A urine test conducted on the night of the traffic stop found what Koffel called “a harmless, non-impairing marijuana metabolite” in Smith’s system.
The plea to physical control, a non-moving violation, “is common in Municipal Court in DUI cases where there are evidentiary problems,” he said.
Smith did not make a statement in court.
He played quarterback for Ohio State from 2003 through 2006 and won the Heisman Trophy in his senior year before having a four-year career in the NFL.