OSU#039;s Arden arrested in Ironton on second DUI offense

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Former Ironton football star and Ohio State University player Redgie Arden was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of DUI, his second offense, and having a standing vehicle in traffic.

At 5:54 a.m. Sunday, the Ironton Police Department received a call from 911 that a man was reportedly slumped over the wheel of his white Lincoln in the middle of the intersection of Sixth Street and Park Avenue, IPD Detective Capt. Chris Bowman said.

Patrolman Grover Carter and Sgt. Joe Ross arrived on the scene at 5:58 a.m., where they found Arden, 21, unresponsive, confused and disoriented amidst a strong odor of alcohol, Bowman said.

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After refusing a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test, Arden was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail, Bowman said. He was released Sunday on a $1,600 bail bond.

A charge is only an allegation of a crime and does not indicate guilt. Arden is scheduled to appear in Ironton Municipal Court

at 1:30 p.m. today.

Last March, Arden pleaded guilty in Ironton to his first DUI charge. He was sentenced to three days in jail and fined.

Arden, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound sophomore played tight end last year for the national champion Buckeyes and was expected to compete for playing time this season.

OSU Athletic Director Andy Geiger was unavailable for comment Monday morning. Messages left with coach Jim Tressel's office were not immediately returned.