Fired Ohio State assistant stopped for drunk driving in 2013

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DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) – Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith was charged with OVI after a traffic stop in Dublin in 2013.

According to a police report, the stop happened on Summit View Road around 2:43am on February 23, 2013. Officer Jacob Williams clocked a silver Honda Accord traveling 67mph in a 50mph zone.

The driver, identified as Zachary Smith, said he had picked up his passenger at a bar and was taking him home. The officer reported Smith’s eyes were red and glassy and there was a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the car.

Smith denied having anything to drink.

Officer Williams said Smith failed field sobriety tests. Smith then admitted to drinking two or three glasses of wine earlier in the evening, according to the report.

Smith was arrested for OVI and refused to take a breath test.

According to Dublin Mayor’s Court records, Smith eventually pleaded down to a lesser charge of physical control and paid a $375 fine.

Smith’s attorney, Bradley Koffel issued the following statement:

Zach was asleep at home with his now ex-wife, Courtney, when he was awakened by a call from a good friend who was highly intoxicated and needed a ride home. Zach agreed to go get him. Zach had drinks earlier in the evening with Courtney at dinner. He felt fine to drive many hours later. He was stopped for going 67 m.p.h. on SR 257 and Summit View at 2:43 a.m.  He did well on the field tests but refused a breath test. His case was quickly reduced based upon the lack of compelling evidence that he was noticeably impaired. He had occupational driving for 6 months.

He never told Coach Meyer nor did Coach Meyer even learn of this (until today most likely). Much like the criminal trespass case, Zach chose to deal with it on his own and not involve the university or athletic department.

Ohio State didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Smith was fired on July 23. The university is investigating coach Urban Meyer’s handling of the domestic abuse allegations against Smith. Smith has never been criminally charged.

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