Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett was sentenced to 60 days in the Morrow County Correctional Facility for an OVI offense he was arrested for last month, according to Morrow County Municipal Court documents. The former Buckeye pleaded guilty last Thursday to the charge prior to trial.
Clarett is eligible to have 57 days of the sentence suspended and $600 of his $1,000 fine waived, should he complete 24 months of probation and a regional driver intervention program. His sentence was reached prior to trial
According to a published report, Maurice Clarett, 32, of Canal Winchester, was driving an Infiniti SUV north on I-71 shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 3, when police and court documents indicated he was stopped for changing lanes without signaling.
According to reports, one caller told the State Patrol dispatcher that the driver of the SUV was “swerving erratically.”
“He is toasted,” the caller said. “He’s all over the place.”
Police said the caller stayed on the phone with the dispatcher for about 20 minutes, following the SUV for about 15 miles, until police arrived.
Clarett reportedly left Interstate 71 to go through a drive-through on Route 61 before getting back on Interstate 71 before being pulled over.
Reports indicated Clarett was alone and appeared to be impaired, refused to undergo field-sobriety and blood-alcohol tests and was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and a turn-signal violation.
Clarett has had legal issues after leaving Ohio State after one year. He served four years in prison and had recently toured the country as an inspirational speaker.