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Arden appears in court

From staff reports

An Ohio State University football player appeared in Ironton Municipal Court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing regarding an alleged drunk driving incident earlier this year.

Visiting Judge Richard Schisler of Scioto County scheduled a conference in two weeks to rule on various motions in preparation for Redgie Arden's trial.

Arden, 21, of Ironton, and a former Ironton football standout, was arrested early on the morning of June 1 on charges of DUI, his second offense, and having a standing vehicle in traffic. 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. When Patrolman Grover Carter and Sgt. Joe Ross arrived on the scene, they reportedly found Arden unresponsive, confused and disoriented amidst a strong odor of alcohol.

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

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, was a back-up tight end and played on special teams last year for the national champion Buckeyes and was expected to compete for playing time this season.