T.J. Smart mugshot from 2015 arrest.
Smart’s mother was called and responded to the restaurant to take her son home, according to the report.
In a separate traffic violation the following month, the highway patrol charged Smart with OVI. A trooper spotted Smart driving 70 mph in a 50 mph zone on Research Boulevard, according to the patrol’s report on file with Fairborn Municipal Court.
The trooper attempted to stop Smart with emergency lights and sirens, but Smart continued and did not stop until he pulled into his driveway on Maple Hill Terrace, according to the patrol’s report.
During the traffic stop, Smart failed the field sobriety test and later failed a breath test, which showed he had a .173 blood-alcohol content, according to the report.
A judge sentenced him to 18 days of house arrest with driving privileges granted for coaching and teaching. Smart was released from the court-ordered community control in May 2016, according to court records.
Carlisle Superintendent Larry Hook said the district did a background check on Smart and was aware of one OVI charge from his past during the interview process, but he said “that is not a disqualifier.”
Hook said there was a discussion during Smart’s interview about the OVI issue and he was told “that can’t happen here.”
“We’re not condoning it, but we felt like he made a mistake,” Hook said. “It’s one thing to be ‘young and dumb’ but it’s another thing when you’re the head football coach.”
Smart is due May 28 in Fairborn Municipal Court for an arraignment on the misdemeanor theft charge.