Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, 20, was suspended for one game on Saturday after he was arrested earlier that morning for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, otherwise known as OVI.
According to ESPN, Barrett was trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint near the Ohio State campus and failed a Breathalyzer test.
His blood-alcohol content was .099, which is above the legal limit. He could have been suspended for two games under the school’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy, but was only suspended for one game since the charge was a misdemeanor.
Barrett was released to teammate Cardale Jones.
Barrett, who is a sophomore, will be eligible to return on November 14. Ohio State, who is 8-0 this season, has a bye week this week and plays Minnesota next week.
People under 21 years old do not have to be drunk, or even “buzzed,” to be arrested and convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the state of Florida.
Special laws apply to minors because they are not legally allowed to consume any alcohol at all, and the consequences can be especially serious for college students. Any amount of alcohol in your system if you are pulled over can lead to a DUI arrest, which could result in a driver’s license suspension, potential jail time, significant fines and other life-changing consequences.
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