Sally Struthers is going to face trial in York County Superior Court for drunk driving.
The 66-year-old actress requested a trial by jury, according to court documents filed July 30. The law requires that she must attend the trial in person; jury selection will begin on September 23.
The actress, a resident of Los Angeles, was stopped by police in Ogunquit, shortly after midnight on Sept. 12, 2012. She was subsequently charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol.
She had been appearing in Ogunquit Playhouse’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The charge specifies that Sally Stuthers failed, “to submit to a test at the request of the law enforcement officer.”
Struthers pleaded not guilty; her attorney, John Scott Webb of Saco, filed a motion to suppress any and all statements made while she was in custody. These included field sobriety tests, observations made of her subsequent to the traffic stop, and any evidence of her “alleged refusal to submit to chemical testing.”
He also said the police officer arrested her without probable cause.
There was no ruling on the motion in the court record. Neither her attorney, nor Assistant District Attorney John Connelly, who is prosecuting the case, could be reached for comment. The case was transferred to the superior court after Struthers requested a jury trial.
Sally Struthers is probably best known for her role as Gloria Stivic in “All in the Family,” for which she won two Emmy awards. Unfortunately, she will soon be better known for different reasons.