Pickerington City Councilman Brandon S. Ogden must undergo a three-day driver-intervention program and serve one year of probation after pleading guilty June 1 to a drunken-driving charge.
Retired assigned Judge Teresa L. Liston sentenced Ogden in Fairfield County Municipal Court. Ogden initially pleaded not guilty to drunken-driving and speeding charges filed after Pickerington police pulled him over last year.
Liston accepted Ogden's guilty plea to a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and sentenced him to 90 days in jail.
She will suspend the jail sentence for completion of a three-day, driver-intervention program. Judges may use their discretion to sentence first-time offenders such as Ogden to attend a state-certified program rather than serve time in jail.
Besides the program and probation, Ogden was ordered to undergo an assessment for alcohol and drug dependency and not use alcohol or drugs before driving. The speeding charge was dismissed.
Ogden declined the judge's offer to speak in court and declined to comment afterward.
Police said they stopped a BMW Ogden was driving at 1:14 a.m. Sept. 18 on Preston Trails Drive North, just off Diley Road, after radar clocked the car at 69 mph in a 45-mph zone along Diley.
Ogden told officers he and his wife, who also was in the vehicle, were returning home after watching a television broadcast of an Ohio State University football game in the Arena District in Columbus and that they had had a couple of drinks.
Police administered field-sobriety tests and determined he was intoxicated, according to the incident report.
Ogden, 36, who was elected in November 2013, became enraged when told he was being arrested, according to the report. He told officers in a profanity-laced tirade that he was a Pickerington councilman.
Police suspended his license after he refused to provide a breath or urine sample. He now may apply to have it reinstated, the judge said.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six months in jail.