Ohio St reinstates QB Miller after court reduces DUI charge

FILE - Ohio State quarterback Jack Miller plays against Akron during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Miller III has been reinstated to the team after his drunken-driving charge was reduced to a minor misdemeanor traffic offense, the program said Thursday, Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
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FILE - Ohio State quarterback Jack Miller plays against Akron during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Miller III has been reinstated to the team after his drunken-driving charge was reduced to a minor misdemeanor traffic offense, the program said Thursday, Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Credit: Jay LaPrete

Credit: Jay LaPrete

Ohio State quarterback Jack Miller III is back on the team

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Jack Miller III has been reinstated to the team Thursday after his drunken-driving charge was reduced to a minor misdemeanor traffic offense.

The freshman was stopped in the university district on Nov. 5 by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who said Miller's pickup truck was weaving.

After a field-sobriety test, he was arrested, but he declined to take a breath test. He was subsequently suspended from the team.

The charge was reduced during Miller's arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday. He pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $150 fine and court costs.

Joe Gibson, the chief prosecutor for the Columbus city attorney’s office, said it was going to be difficult to prove the drunken-driving charge based on the evidence, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

“Miller has fulfilled all of the obligations required of him and the legal case is now closed,” a spokesman for the football program said.

Miller is currently the Buckeyes' third-string quarterback behind fellow freshmen C.J. Stroud and Kyle McCord. Miller has completed 7 of 14 passes in mop-up duty in four games this season.

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