Report of previously unknown arrest of former Ohio State assistant surfaces


Zach Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2013. 

The previously undisclosed incident was uncovered by a public records request from the Toledo Blade

Smith, who was Ohio State’s receivers coach from 2012 though last month, was pulled over for speeding in Dublin (a Columbus suburb) and charged with OVI. 

He refused a breathalyzer test and ultimately pled guilty to a lesser charge. 

Smith was found  guilty April 16, 2013 of physical control, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Dublin Mayor’s Court. The operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge was amended and the speeding charge dismissed.

A judge sentenced Smith to a $375 fine, suspended three-day jail term, and license suspension for 180 days. Smith was granted limited driving privileges. He completed a 72-hour driver intervention program. 

Smith was fired on July 23 after a report he was investigated for domestic abuse against his wife, Courtney, in 2009 and again in 2015. 

This week he is reportedly set to speak to an independent working group that is investigating how coach Urban Meyer (and potentially others) handled those allegations. 

That interview is to take place Monday or Tuesday according to The Columbus Dispatch. 

On July 24, Meyer denied knowledge of the 2015 incident in which Courtney Smith alleged Zach abused her. 

Meyer released a statement August 3 apologizing for how he handled questions the day after Smith was fired but also stating he followed all protocols regarding the allegations in 2015. 

»RELATED: Ohio State fans rally for Urban Meyer

Courtney Smith’s attorney released a statement August 8 expressing her client’s willingness to aid Ohio State’s investigation while also noting Courtney Smith had never been contacted by anyone from the school up to that point.

>>RELATED: Zach Smith’s lawyer critical of media coverage of the story 

Ohio State named an “independent board” to look into what Meyer knew and how he handled it. The investigation is being led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chair and U.S. District Attorney Mary Jo White

The school hopes to have the investigation wrapped up by August 19


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