Former OSU QB Troy Smith arrested for OVI

WESTERVILLE (WCMH) — Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was arrested for OVI by Westerville police early Sunday morning.

Troy Smith's booking photo. Westerville Police Department
Troy Smith’s booking photo.
Westerville Police Department

Police said Smith, 31, was pulled over at around 2:30 a.m. on South State Street at Hoff Road for improper display of license plates.

Westerville Police released the dash cam video of the traffic stop.

As the officer who made the traffic stop first approaches you can hear an occupant say, “I’m an officer, sir.” The officer asks, “What’s that?” The occupant replies less clearly, “I’m officer.” The officer responds, “You’re an officer?” The occupant quickly says, “No, no, no. I’m great. I’m great.”

About ten minutes later Troy Smith gets out of the car. He was the only person inside.

On video Smith goes through several standard sobriety tests, but refuses a breathalyzer test.

“I’m not gonna take a breath test ’cause I’ve been informed like and definitely advised by my lawyers to not take the breath test,” he says.

According to the police report, Smith failed a field sobriety test, and his blood-alcohol level was .143. Police also found a marijuana cigar in the car.

Smith is charged with OVI, improper display of license plates, and possession of marijuana.

He has been released from police custody, and is scheduled to be in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Smith released several videos on his Instagram page apologizing.

Smith was a quarterback for Ohio State from 2002 to 2006 and became the school’s seventh Heisman trophy winner after the 2006 season.

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