Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett has pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday to a charge of impaired driving.
This comes after the 20-year-old was cited for a misdemeanor at a Columbus police checkpoint nearly two weeks ago. Police say a breath test showed Barrett’s blood-alcohol content was .099, above the .02 limit for anyone under 21.
A judge suspended Barrett’s license for 180 days, ordered him to attend a three-day intervention program and assessed a $400 fine, plus court costs.
Coach Urban Meyer has said Barrett told him he didn’t believe he was impaired when he was cited on October 31. His attorney told 10TV on Tuesday the 20-year-old had no intention of driving that night and was helping a friend.
In the wake of the incident, Barrett was suspended during last week’s game against Minnesota. In his place, Cardale Jones went 12 of 22 for 187 yards with a touchdown, four sacks and a fumble. He also ran 12 times for 65 yards in the 28-14 victory.
On Monday, Meyer told reporters Barrett would resume his position as starter on Saturday against Illinois, if he has a good week of practice.