COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State fullback Branden Joe pleaded innocent Wednesday to a drunken driving charge.
Joe, a 20-year-old sophomore from suburban Westerville South High School, did not attend the hearing in Franklin County Municipal Court. His lawyer, Joe Scott, entered the plea on his behalf.
Joe was arrested Friday after police found him asleep in a car about 3:45 a.m. on a highway ramp near campus. Police said he refused to take a breathalyzer test.
Coach Jim Tressell said Wednesday that no decision has been made on Joe's status and that the team will play a role in making the decision.
"Branden had a hearing today and of course we, number one, defer to the legal process," Tressell said, "and number two, we discuss any consequences with the group before we do with the public."
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