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Buckeyes CB busted for operating a vehicle while impaired

Dominic Clarke,  Clayton Moore AP

Just as the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker climbed into double digits, a member of the Ohio State football program has come to the rescue and hit the reset button.

According to Marcus Hartman of BuckeyeSports.com, cornerback Dominic Clarke has been cited for three traffic offenses, including operating a vehicle while impaired.  Clarke was pulled over Jan. 7 in Franklin County (OH) for running a stop sign and speeding.  Following the stop, it was found he had no proof of insurance as well.

There were no details as to what led to the OVI citation.

This actually represents the second legal issue Clarke’s run into the past three months.  In October, he was charged with disorderly conduct for firing a “compressed air gun” from the roof of an on-campus building.  That issue resulted in a one-game suspension.

As a redshirt sophomore, Clarke played in 12 games for the Buckeyes in 2011.

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  1. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 8:15 AM

    I don’t think he is going to be very happy, when he meets his new coach up front and personal. Meyer knows that his job is also to clean up the program and run a clean ship, so I think at the very least, this kid might ride the pine for a few games starting the season.
    It sounds an awful lot, like this kid is pretty immature. What a shame, that a young man can be so gifted athletically, and still act like he is in junior high.

  2. steveoz49 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:47 AM

    No doubt it will be interesting to see how Urban handles his first “situation”.

  3. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 8:57 AM

    I think he will come down on him pretty hard. I think OSU, doesn’t want anymore trouble, as the NCAA will be keeping a close eye on them. Some people accused Meyer of letting the Gators get away with too much, as far as that kind of activity goes, but I don’t think that will be the case in the future. The coach knows he can recruit well, so I expect, after he gets done, the kid will know it as well. I believe he will be a no nonsense type of coach and demand that this young man, not repeat his transgressions, or he will no longer play there. I suspect it will be, “My way, or the highway”.

  4. steelersandladyboysfan says: Jan 12, 2012 8:58 AM

    If it’s going to be anything like Urban’s reign in Florida, this is just the first of many arrests.

  5. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 12, 2012 9:01 AM

    That didn’t take long he really is bringing his UF style football to tOSU.

    On the bright side at least they are not claiming the car he was pulled over in belongs to a booster.

  6. dcviking says: Jan 12, 2012 9:24 AM

    I think he will come down on him pretty hard. I think OSU, doesn’t want anymore trouble, as the NCAA will be keeping a close eye on them. Some people accused Meyer of letting the Gators get away with too much, as far as that kind of activity goes, but I don’t think that will be the case in the future. The coach knows he can recruit well, so I expect, after he gets done, the kid will know it as well. I believe he will be a no nonsense type of coach and demand that this young man, not repeat his transgressions, or he will no longer play there. I suspect it will be, “My way, or the highway”.

    ——————————————————

    Actually, it will probably depend on how good the kid is…

  7. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    @woebegong, you probably should have said “I hope” instead of “I think” and similar throughout.

    I always wondered how an otherwise no-nonsense coach like Meyer let so much slide at Florida. Not that he never punished players for misconduct, rather, when over the course of time it became apparent that he was not getting through to them as a group that they needed to shape up behavior-wise, he never escalated the punishments.

    Even as a Bama fan, I couldn’t hate Meyer. He seems like a good guy. So, I HOPE he cracks down hard on them to start with (you have to figure the tattoo-parlor players were just the ones caught). It’s much easier to ease up on discipline later when players, through their behavior, prove they can be trusted than it is the other way around. Particularly since it is a rebuilding year AND OSU has post-season ban, there should not be any temptation to go soft on any player, including stars, in order to try and preserve an undefeated season or Big10 title shot.

    I think if I were a college football coach I would have a rule written in stone—”If you get arrested by any law enforcement officer within the county in which the school is located, you are automatically suspended 2 games.” My reasoning is that in the county where the school is located, it is very unlikely that an officer is going to arrest a player who doesn’t deserve it. Elsewhere, there is at least a possibility of a player getting singled-out. And, even if the player is somehow innocent of whatever he (isn’t it always a male athlete?) was arrested for, being arrested at all means he was being stupid and was somewhere he should not have been. As a coach, one of my jobs is to develop youths into responsible men. This is part of that job.

    If you plead guilty to or are convicted of a felony, you are done. Period. If you plead guilty to a misdemeanor, I’m only going to suspend you for 1 additional game on top of the 2 game arrest-suspension. My reasoning is that 1) the justice system is taking care of meting out justice and 2) you took responsibility for what you did by pleading guilty.

    If you plead not guilty to a misdemeanor and are subsequently convicted, 4 additional games AND you have to convince me that you deserve back on the team. After all, pleading not guilty, but getting convicted creates a rebuttable presumption that you haven’t manned up and taken responsibility for what you did.

    Any subsequent arrest, for any reason, and your career is done at my school because you really didn’t figure out how to avoid trouble. That said, I will fully release you from your obligation to my school and let you play immediately anywhere outside my conference.

  8. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 9:33 AM

    I,m not sure about that. He knows the scrutiny the school will be under from the NCAA. They can’t afford to get on the NCAA’s bad side anytime soon again.

  9. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 9:49 AM

    Logical Consideration.

    I think the days of the kids getting away with crap like that are becoming less and less, as coaches can’t be baby sitters to them. If he comes down hard on the kid, as he should, he will send a message to the rest of the team that conduct like his, will not be tolerated. This kid had a wonderful opportunity, and instead of acting maturely, he decided to act like a reckless kid. That is a shame.

  10. lemmam says: Jan 12, 2012 9:55 AM

    I wonder how many students who are not athletes were arrested for similar acts during the same time period?

  11. dkhhuey says: Jan 12, 2012 9:57 AM

    Driving while impaired? Not familiar with what constitutes impaired but it sounds like no alcohol was involved – so that leaves pot, various other drugs, cough syrup, or just plain lack of sleep as potential reasons. No doubt all eyes will be focused on this one so I’ll assume if it deals with drugs – the kid is no longer a Buckeye – otherwise, you’ve got a ton of gasers and stadium stairs to do!!!

  12. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    Probably a few, but they aren’t on a football team that has been placed on probation by the NCAA for rules violations. This would be true of any school in a similar situation. This kid is on a free ride, so he has to know the rules are going to be more strict on him, simply because of that, and the fact that the school is already on probation. The NCAA probably will not do anything about this and let OSU handle it internally, but if a trend is established, involving more players, you could get that old” Lack of Institutional Control” charge thrown at you.

  13. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    I think it has something to do with the way the law is worded more than anything. In Georgia, I believe that if you are driving under the influence of a medication, even if prescribed, you can get that if you knew that the medicine had a warning label that cautioned you about driving while taking it. If you have been drinking and driving, it is a DUI, and either way; If you refuse to take a blood alcohol test, you license is suspended for six months and you are fined for the first offense.

  14. dkhhuey says: Jan 12, 2012 10:13 AM

    Just picked up a tidbit on Eleven Warriors site – appears that Clarke registered low levels of alcohol. He was stopped for doing 35 in a 20mph zone and couldn’t provide proof of insurance. By itself, not really high on the ‘F@#$ up’ scale but given he has already had a police related issue, there is a new coach in town, and the university has just gone through all of the Tat5 / Tressel-gate issues – I have a feeling this kid is not going to be all that happy with what is coming his way.

  15. polegojim says: Jan 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    Yes, much more restrictive. Low levels of alcohol can still mean ‘impaired’. The new ‘DWI’ is no longer Driving While Intoxicated – it’s ‘Driving While Impared’, or DUI-’Driving Under the Influence’.

    It can mean alcohol, pot, or even legal prescription drugs or over the counters… anything that caused a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle to become impaired. Folks don’t have to be stone cold drunk to kill others.

    But…. it’s not new. The thing that gets me is – shouldn’t every one of them be on ‘high alert’.

    Suggestion – don’t drink and drive… any alcohol at all. I smell an example coming.

  16. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:51 AM

    Ohio has a zero tolerance law for underage drivers (I assume he is underage). If they have even a minimal amount of alcohol in their system a driver is charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. One beer would have been enough to put him over the limit.

  17. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 10:54 AM

    I am pretty sure that Meyer made it pretty simple for them, with his first team meeting.
    It really though boils down to the kid taking some responsibility on his own. You can’t baby sit these kids, 24/7. They have to take some responsibility on their own.
    After the air gun incident, you would think that had taught him a lesson, but as we have all too many times, some of these kids, do stupid things and get caught.

  18. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 11:03 AM

    That is strict, but it is a just law, considering how out of control, excessive alcohol consumption is in the country.
    I have personal experience of how that goes, because six years ago, a drunk hit my late wife and I going around 65 miles in a 35 mile per hour zone. I lost my wife six months later, due to mostly injuries from that accident. The guy was .028 when tested, and had a high concentration of Marijuana in his blood steam as well. To make matters worse, he was driving his sister car, and he wasn’t an insured driver because she had him exempted from her policy. It was to kick it off, the third time he had been caught drinking and driving. Luckily he died at the scene, which saved me from going to jail. I had a lacerated kidney and a broken cheek bone, but I got out of the car, and got stopped by a state trooper on my way to his car, to have a small discussion with the jerk. Unfortunately, my state still has loose insurance laws, and this stuff still goes on. Glad to see Ohio and I hope other states, making stricter laws.

  19. pfitz2 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:22 PM

    The NCAA probably will not do anything about this and let OSU handle it internally, but if a trend is established, involving more players, you could get that old” Lack of Institutional Control” charge thrown at you.
    __________________

    The NCAA does not have anything to do with criminal or legal issues. It is up to the schools to define policy and punishment.

  20. olskool711 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:58 PM

    Mr. Taylor

    Mr. Kerceval (spelling)

    I give up. I’ll bite.

    Are you telling me that Gee’s “Polish Army” comment wasn’t worthy of allowing us to share our attempts of analysis with all?

  21. Ben Kercheval says: Jan 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    olskool,

    By now, it’s basically assumed Gee will say something, ahem, “interesting” when he’s at the podium.

  22. olskool711 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:47 PM

    He, he

    Thanks for the reply.

    For those of you who could use a little mid-afternoon chuckle:

    “When we had these 18 colleges all kind of floating around, they were kind of like PT Boats, they were shooting each other,” Gee said. “It was kind of like the Polish army or something.”

    “No, are you kidding?” Gee said at a news conference. “Let me be very clear. I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

    In 1992, Gee called then-Gov. George Voinovich “a damn dummy” over higher education funding.

    Gee also raised eyebrows when he called the 13-13 tie after the 1992 Ohio State-Michigan football game “one of our greatest wins ever.”

    Concerning Ohio States recent violations: “To subordinate the ingenuity of so many to the impropriety of a few seems to me an unjust proposition,”

    He actually used the words subordinate, ingenuity, and impropriety in a sentence and still, actually, came off sounding stupid.

    He is “special”

  23. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    @woebegong — while I tend to agree “that times they are a changin’”, I’d still stick with “hope” not “think” when it comes to whether Meyer can crack the discipline whip.

    Keep in mind, it only 3 years ago (January 5, 2009) that Cam Newton announced he was transferring from Florida. He had been arrested on felony charges (that magically disappeared with no explanation) and though we aren’t supposed to know about it (leaked, probably illegally, last year) he had two separate instances of academic cheating while at Florida. Now, I bring this up not to bash Cam. I’m a Panthers fan and I like him and think he has grown up in the past year rather substantially. But the point is, despite all the things he had done or been accused of doing, he was able to leave Florida on his own terms (mostly because of playing time issues), rather than Meyer having actually thrown him out with a catapult. And, Cam wasn’t a lone problem at Florida. At the time Meyer left Florida in 2010, the media was writing pretty extensively about the abnormal number of arrests of Florida football players under his tenure. 30 arrests in 6 years. By comparison, Miami (who I detest) had 1 arrest of a football player during the 4 years from 2006-2010.
    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-09-14/sports/fl-hyde-uf-um-0915-20100914_1_chris-rainey-jonathan-vilma-urban-meyer

    Ohio State is not the only one getting a chance to establish new standards of discipline.

  24. crashdog says: Jan 12, 2012 2:37 PM

    Based on previous actions from Urban, this kid’s suspension/benching will be determined by how much he contributes to the team. Urban gives preferential treatment to star players, and usually drops the hammer on little or non-contributers in these situations. At least that was his policy at Florida. Good luck Buckeye fans. You will win….A LOT….and players will be arrested….A LOT under Urban. Two national titles in 3 years tends to let you overlook the “little things”

    Sincerely,

    Gator Nation

  25. pfitz2 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:56 PM

    He had been arrested on felony charges (that magically disappeared with no explanation)
    ______________

    No magic. As a first time offender he was allowed to enter a Pre-Trial Intervention program. At completion the charges against him were dropped.

  26. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 3:11 PM

    I was just speculating on the working orders I figured that Gene Smith, his AD would give him. Maybe he is still leaving decisions like that up to Meyer. All bets are off if he does.

  27. dkhhuey says: Jan 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    @crashdog – Yes, and I’m sure while Urban was hoisting the National Championship trophies at Florida, the only thing on your mind was the number of players arrested for various reasons.

    We get it – you don’t like Urban, he is a horrible man, a horrible coach who only won 2 titles because of Ron Zook’s recruits, and although he had top 5 recruiting classes his entire tenure there, he totally left the cupboard bare when he left. Move on!

  28. dkhhuey says: Jan 12, 2012 3:53 PM

    Oh, my bad – I totally forgot, the only other reason he won those titles were because of Tim Tebow.

  29. imaduffer says: Jan 12, 2012 5:40 PM

    He will probably transfer to an SEC school.

  30. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 5:46 PM

    It will not be Georgia that’s for sure. We don’t need him and his baggage.

  31. pfitz2 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:25 PM

    It will not be Georgia that’s for sure. We don’t need him and his baggage.
    __________________

    Another day, another Georgia player arrested
    Posted by John Taylor on October 11, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Just as they seem to have turned around the on-field issues with a win over Tennessee, the off-the-field issues that have dogged the Georgia football program over the past seven months have come home to roost yet again.

    Two days after leading the Bulldogs in rushing in the win, running back Caleb King was sitting in jail as the result of a warrant that had been issued for his arrest.

    King was cited for speeding on June 20, and failed to show for his court appearance. Subsequently, a failure-to-appear warrant was issued for King.

    Head coach Mark Richt is aware of the latest arrest, but will not comment until he’s finished banging his head into a wall.

    King, who becomes the 11th Bulldog arrested since March

  32. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 10:44 PM

    Fourteen months ago, and he is no longer with the team. Don’t let your bias against the SEC, blind you to the point where you don’t do the research. Coach Richt is one of the more, if not the most honest coaches in the NCAA. There has not been a single arrest of a player in over a year. Can your school say that? The majority of the problems stemmed from traffic violations, not using an airgun from the top of a building. Don’t let your hate of a superior conference, the SEC, blind you to the facts OK?

  33. imaduffer says: Jan 13, 2012 12:31 AM

    woebegong says: Don’t let your hate of a superior conference, the SEC, blind you to the facts OK?

    Is that you dad?

  34. woebegong says: Jan 13, 2012 12:37 AM

    Ummm, not unless you are a daughter.

  35. mrslay1 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:06 PM

    Looks like Urban is even more at home with the Thugs of ohio state. And these maggets talk about the SEC.

  36. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    Every program, no matter the school, will have a few bad apples and the SEC is no exception. What makes it hard on the SEC, is that for the last six years, our conference has dominated the BCS NC, and other fan’sschools and conferences, resent that and try to figure out ways to put down the SEC. If the big ten had been as dominate as the SEC has been in the BCS NC, since it’s inception, no doubt everybody else would be harping about this and that, going on in that conference as well.
    I think it is called human nature, that in this case, is really a lot of envy. I guess though, I would rather they be envious, rather than us being envious. It is kind of good to be the King of the hill, at least as long as it last.

  37. dkhhuey says: Jan 18, 2012 11:30 AM

    @slay – bitter and ignorant much?

  38. gators56 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:31 AM

    Is anyone else sensing a “new” health condition or new family reasons starting to materialize at OSU. . . . Just saying.

  39. woebegong says: Jan 19, 2012 8:47 AM

    Gators56,

    Surely you understand that the SEC is all about football, and the pressures in the conference will wear down almost any coach, when he is pressured to win, almost at all cost. They pay the coaches well, but it is not always about the pay. Many people put down UGA’s coach Richt, but he is able to balance football well with his outside life and that is why he survives. He may not be the best X’s and O’s coach around, but he keeps his team happy, and unified in the very competitive SEC and they trust, like and respect him. Some people like to make fun of his religious beliefs, but I would take one Richt over a dozen other coaches, that treat the kids the way some of them do. Meyer will do just fine at OSU. He has family support, a good fan base, and he is an excellent football mind. He just got burnt out at Florida.

  40. ztvmid says: Jan 20, 2012 1:15 AM

    I played basketball with Dom in 6th grade and went to THS with him. Kid has a good heart, but has proven all throughout his life he needs a babysitter. For the dude who assumed other drugs- you’re an idiot. He doesn’t sip. It was probably pot, considering every college kid I know with the exception of a few, smokes it. Hopefully he finally learned his lesson. It’s funny..there was always the debate of whether he or Jakarie Jackson was better…

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