Sally Struthers To Fight Drunken Driving Charge in Maine

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Monday, 05 Aug 2013 10:27 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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"All in the Family" actress Sally Struthers is preparing to fight drunken driving charges in front of a Maine jury in September after she was pulled by authorities there in 2012.

Struthers, 66, was appearing in the play "9 to 5" at the Ogunquit Playhouse when police stopped her in Ogunquit's downtown square shortly after midnight on Sept. 12, 2012 and was charged with operating under the influence, according to Seacoastonline.com.

Struthers had initially pleaded not guilty. Through her attorney, John Scott Webb, Struthers's attorney, filed a motion last year to suppress any and all statements made while she was in custody, field sobriety tests results and other evidence taken at the scene and while she was in custody, according to Seacoastonline.com.

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"The defendant was induced to refuse to submit to a chemical test based on erroneous information provided by the law enforcement officer," Webb said in the motion. The motion also stated that the arresting officer was without probable cause to believe she was operating under the influence.

The website said the judge in York County Superior Court in Alfred had not ruled on the motion. The Associated Press reported that Struthers must be present at trial per court records.

Seacoastonline.com reported that the original charges against Struthers stated she "did fail to submit to a test at the request of the law enforcement officer."

"Sally is working and she is fine and she loves The Ogunquit Playhouse and her yearly time in Ogunquit. We deny these charges," Struthers rep told US Weekly at the time.

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Struthers is best known for her roles as Gloria Stivic, Archie Bunker's rebellious adult daughter who returned home to live on "All in the Family." Struthers has also appeared on the series the "Gilmore Girls."

According to Ogunquit Playhouse's website, Struthers starred as Mrs. Meers in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which ran from June 12 to July 6 at the playhouse this summer. Struthers will appear in "Always, Patsy Cline" at Algonquin Arts Theatre on Aug. 17 in Manasquan, N.J., according to that theater's website.

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