State College Police say they received a report of a possibly intoxicated man outside the Taco Bell on East College Avenue at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Police say Ruth was trying to park his car in front of the Taco Bell when he hit a tree and got his car on the curb.
The police report also states that the Penn State senior was swaying and staggering as he walked and slurred and mumbled his speech when officers arrived.
Police took Ruth to Mount Nittany Medical Center to determine his blood alcohol content, which, according to court documents, was .281 percent, about three times the state driving limit.
Ruth faces two misdemeanor DUI charges -- for general impairment while driving, as well for the blood-alcohol content. Penalties can include a driver's license suspension of 12 months, fines up to $5,000 and, the possibility of limited jail time, though unlikely in the case, as this is Ruth’s first offense on DUI charges, according to court documents.
Ruth’s preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Jan. 8 at Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
At the time of the incident, Penn State announced that Ruth had been suspended from the wrestling team for one month for breaking team rules. Nittany Lions wrestling spokesperson Pat Donghia confirmed to the Centre Daily Times Monday that the suspension was because of the pending DUI charge.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Ruth issued an apology for the suspension at a press conference.
Ruth has traveled with the team, and participated in workouts, but has not competed on the team. However, this past weekend, Ruth won the 184-pound title at the Mat Town Open at Pennsylvania’s Lock Haven University. Competing unattached (without affiliation to Penn State), Ruth had five matches, scoring two falls, a technical fall and two major decisions.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Ruth is a three-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA champ, winning the 174-pound crown at the 2012 NCAAs by beating Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui, 13-4, in the title bout. The following year, Ruth claimed the title at 184 at the 2013 NCAAs with a 12-4 win over Lehigh's Robert Hamlin in the finals. He is also a two-time Big Ten conference champ. This summer, Ruth was named Penn State Male Athlete of the Year.
Ruth is currently ranked No. 1 at 184 by a number of websites and publications, including InterMat.
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