Wes Retherford

Wes Retherford
STATE OF OHIO

A state lawmaker was in court today to settle the case regarding the night he was found passed out drunk in the drive thru of a Butler County restaurant. He’ll lose his driver’s license till September, but that’s not all.

A day after he was in the Statehouse to vote for the House version of the two-year state budget, Republican Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of impaired driving.

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The state lawmaker who allegedly was discovered drunk in March  in a Cincinnati area McDonald's with a weapon has escaped felony weapons charges.

A Butler County grand jury has indicted Republican Rep. Wes Retherford on a drunk-driving charge, but it didn’t indict him on a more serious felony charge of improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle. 

Wes Retherford
STATE OF OHIO

Republican Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton is resisting calls to resign after being arrested on drunk driving and weapons charges.

He's far from the first elected official in Ohio who's run into trouble with the law. But in Ohio, criminal charges don’t always seal a politician’s fate.

Wes Retherford
STATE OF OHIO

A Republican state lawmaker from southwest Ohio has issued a statement about his arrest on drunk driving and weapons charges over the weekend – and so has the House Speaker. 

Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton said in a statement he’ll miss committee hearings and session for the rest of the week, after allegedly passing out drunk in his running car in a McDonald’s drive thru very early Sunday morning.

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville didn’t have much to say other than he’ll let the process play out and he’s thinking of Retherford and his family.