Judge arrested for DUI

January 14, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall, 56, has been scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Jackson Municipal Court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

At around 3 p.m. Saturday, a 2005 Toyota Prius, driven by Marshall, was eastbound on Ohio 140 in Jackson County.

“He drove off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned,” Lt. Ann Ralston of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. “There was only one vehicle involved, and he was the only occupant of that vehicle.”

Ralston said Marshall did allow a breath test.

“During the investigation he (Marshall) was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence,” Ralston said. “He was taken to the Jackson Post of the Patrol, where he did submit to a breath test. His breath test was over the legal limit at a .222 blood alcohol content. He was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to control his vehicle.”

The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.

Ralston said Marshall was not injured in the crash.

“He was arrested at the scene for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol,” Ralston said. “Then he was transported to the Post, where he submitted to the breath test. We completed all the necessary paperwork. It is a misdemeanor citation, which is how an OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) is handled.”

Ralston said Marshall is scheduled to be back in Jackson for a court appearance this week.

“His court date was set for Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. in Jackson Municipal Court,” Ralston said.

Marshall heads up the Scioto County Drug Court, which offers an alternative to incarceration to qualified offenders.

In response to a request for a statement, Marshall said, “I’m humiliated and I’ve humiliated my family. This was stupidity on my part, and I am very sorry to those that I’ve hurt. It was very foolish, and I am very grateful that no one was hurt.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com