Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth charged with DUI

mcarroll@centredaily.comDecember 2, 2013 

Ed Ruth talks with reporters at Penn State wrestling media day on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

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Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth has been charged with DUI stemming from a late-night incident last month in downtown State College.

Police wrote in charges filed Monday that Ruth, 23, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.281 percent — more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent — when he crashed his car trying to park on East College Avenue.

Ruth was trying to park in front of Taco Bell around 2 a.m. Nov. 13 when his vehicle struck a tree and ended up on the curb, police said.

The two-time NCAA champion was swaying and staggering as he walked, and slurred and mumbled his speech when officers arrived, investigators wrote in the complaint.

Ruth faces two misdemeanor DUI charges and will be notified of his charges through the mail. Ruth declined to comment when reached by phone Monday morning.

Online court records do not indicate that Ruth was being represented by an attorney.

The Penn State wrestling program suspended Ruth on Nov. 19, and spokesman Pat Donghia confirmed Monday that the suspension was because of the pending DUI charge.

That suspension includes Sunday’s sold-out dual against Pittsburgh at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Ruth will not be able to return to Penn State’s lineup until at least the Dec. 15 dual against Ohio State. He also will miss Friday’s dual at Boston University.

He wrestled unattached on Sunday at Lock Haven University’s Mat-Town Open, capturing the 184-pound title.

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