ALFRED, Maine — At her request, actress Sally Struthers is scheduled for trial on a charge of operating under the influence, starting with jury selection on Sept. 23 in York County Superior Court, according to court documents.
Her presence is required for trial, according to court records filed July 30. Struthers requested the jury trial, according to court documents.
Struthers, 66, a resident of Los Angeles, recently appeared in Ogunquit Playhouse’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The actress was stopped by police in the downtown square of Ogunquit and subsequently charged with operating under the influence, no test, shortly after midnight on Sept. 12, 2012.
The charge states Struthers, “did fail to submit to a test at the request of the law enforcement officer.”
Struthers was at the time appearing in a production of “9 to 5” at the Ogunquit Playhouse.
Struthers pleaded not guilty to the charge, and through her attorney, John Scott Webb of Saco, filed a motion last year to suppress any and all statements made while she was in custody, the results of any field sobriety tests, any observations made of her subsequent to the traffic stop, and all evidence of her “alleged refusal to submit to chemical testing,” Webb said in the motion.
“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. He also said the arresting officer was without probable cause to believe she was operating under the influence.
There was no ruling on the motion in the court record.
Neither Webb, nor Assistant District Attorney John Connelly, who is prosecuting the case, could be reached for comment on Friday.
The case was originally scheduled for bench trial in York District Court. In January the case was transferred to the superior court after Struthers requested a jury trial.
Struthers is best known for her roles as Gloria Stivic on “All in the Family,” for which she won two Emmy awards, and as Babette on “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 is set to perform in the one-night-only production of “Always, Patsy Cline” at Algonquin Arts Theatre on Aug. 17 in Manasquan, N.J., according to that theater’s website.