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Penn State Wrestler Receives Alternative Sentence for Arrest

by on January 09, 2014 7:00 AM

Two-time national champion Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth has been accepted into the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for his drunk driving charges, according to the Centre County Court Administration Office.

ARD is a pre-trial intervention program operated out of the district attorney's office. It is intended to help eliminate court costs for non-violent offenders. Ruth formally entered the program Wednesday before Centre County Common Pleas Judge Pamela Ruest.

Defendants in ARD can avoid jail time and have their records cleared if they meet requirements set by a judge, which can include community service and drug and alcohol counseling.

State College police charged Ruth, 23, of Harrisburg, with DUI following a Nov. 13 incident outside a fast food restaurant on East College Avenue.

Police arrested Ruth about 2 a.m. after Ruth's vehicle reportedly hit a tree and curb while he was trying to park.

Ruth's blood alcohol content was .281 percent, more than three times the state's legal limit of .08 percent, according to the police affidavit.

Coaches suspended the three-time All-American for one month as a result of his arrest, according to Patrick Donghia, spokesman for the university's athletic department. Ruth missed more than 25 percent of the season, Donghia says. He was reinstated in December.

Ruth is a senior and wrestles in the 184-pound weight class. After his reinstatement, Ruth was selected as Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the week ending Dec. 22.

At the university level, under student code of conduct, sanctions for DUI can range from probation to suspension, depending on the nature of the incident and any extenuating circumstances, according to university Spokeswoman Lisa Powers. However, Powers says federal law prohibits the university from revealing disciplinary actions taken against students.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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