Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was fined $400 and had his license suspended for 180 days on Tuesday for operating a vehicle while impaired.

By SI Wire
November 10, 2015

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was fined $400 and had his license suspended for 180 days on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while impaired, reports John Futty of The Columbus Dispatch.

Barrett will also have to complete a three-day alcohol education program.

Barrett, 20, was cited on Oct. 31 for driving with a blood-alcohol content of just above 0.08, which is Ohio’s legal limit for Ohio drivers age 21 or older. The legal limit for drivers under 21 is 0.02.

The quarterback was suspended for one game following the incident, but coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Barrett would start this Saturday against Illinois if he had a successful week of practice.

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“I see an excellent young man who made a horrible mistake and is 100 percent owning up to it,” Barrett’s attorney, Phil Templeton, told The Dispatch. “He is taking full responsibility.

“I know he is horribly embarrassed, and he is very concerned with how this has affected those close to him, starting with his family, his teammates, his coaches, and of course the Ohio State fans. He knows he is in a pressure cooker program, and he is really embarrassed for all the negative attention this has brought to the team.”

The Buckeyes (9–0) will play Illinois (5–4) at noon ET Saturday.

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