Brett McMurphy reports judge who reduced Zach Smith drunk driving charge has Ohio State ties
On Monday, it was revealed that former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith was arrested for OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) in Dublin, Ohio in 2013. The arrest had never previously been reported.
While the biggest story was the uncovering of the arrest itself, the results are also interesting. Though Smith was reportedly driving 67 miles per hour in a 50 MPH zone, the speeding charge was dropped. It was also noteworthy that instead of OVI, he was found guilty of physical control, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Dublin Mayor’s Court. His sentencing included a $375 fine, suspended three-day jail term, and license suspension for 180 days, according to the original report.
Smith refused a breathalyzer, but in the report, the arresting officer observed “Smith’s eyes to be red and glassy. There was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.”
Reporter Brett McMurphy has shared some details of interest about the judge who handled Smith’s case. The judge was a 1968 graduate of Ohio State and a member of member of The Ohio State University President’s Club. McMurphy added nothing else in his tweet, but the clear insinuation is that as OSU royalty, Smith being the grandson of coaching legend Earl Bruce, he may have gotten a break from the judge.
Judge that reduced Zach Smith’s 2013 drunken driving charges is a 1968 Ohio State graduate & member of The Ohio State University President’s Club https://t.co/GPYnoyicVD
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 13, 2018