Ohio Rep. Sedrick Denson pleads guilty to charges stemming from traffic stop

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Representative Sedrick Denson  (D-Bond Hill) was in a Franklin County courtroom Thursday to face charges stemming for a traffic stop last Friday on I-670. 

Denson pleaded guilty Thursday to physical control while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, which is a lesser charge than OVI.  

Two other charges on speeding and a lane violation were dismissed.  

Denson was sentenced to five days in jail, but that is suspended pending the completion of a driver intervention program.  

“I’m not sure it was a fair way to resolve it, but it’s because this is a distraction from the work he does on a day-to-day basis and he was ready to have it resolved,” said his attorney Brandon Shroy. “My advice to him was that I don’t believe this was a case the state of Ohio could prove, but in this case he accepted the offer to get back to his work and stop being on the news for this.” 

Denson was driving along I-670 West around 2:48 a.m. on Friday when he was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for speeding and a marked lanes violation, according to court records.

The trooper said Denson refused to give a breath sample.

Denson license was also suspended for 180 days, and he was fined $250, plus court costs. 

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