October 31, 2015 / 6:54 PM / 2 years ago

Ohio State quarterback suspended after impaired driving charge

(Reuters) - Ohio State University’s head football coach suspended his starting quarterback J.T. Barrett from the team’s next game after the player was charged with driving a vehicle while impaired, the university said on Saturday.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a touchdown pass to Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) in the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium. The Buckeyes won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The suspension by head coach Urban Meyer will keep the sophomore out of Ohio State’s Nov. 7 game against Minnesota, the school said. Ohio State, ranked the No. 1 team in the country, had no game scheduled this Saturday.

Columbus police stopped Barrett, 20, at a campus area checkpoint and gave him a misdemeanor citation for impaired driving, the school said in a brief statement.

Police told the Columbus Dispatch newspaper that Barrett’s blood-alcohol content was .099 when he was stopped. The legal limit for a driver younger than 21 is .02 and .08 for those 21 and older, the newspaper reported.

A police spokesman could not be reached immediately for further comment.

As a freshman during the 2014 season, Barrett led Ohio State to an 11-1 record before breaking his ankle in the Big Ten championship game against Michigan. The team went on to win the national championship while Barrett finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by James Dalgleish

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