September 6, 2013

Maine prosecutors dismiss Sally Struthers' OUI charge

A deal allows actress Sally Struthers to plead no contest to a lesser charge of driving to endanger.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

ALFRED – Prosecutors have dismissed a drunken driving charge against celebrity actress Sally Struthers as part of an agreement in which she pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of driving to endanger without ever having to appear in court personally.

Attorney John Webb appeared in York County Superior Court on Struthers' behalf on Aug. 28, weeks ahead of her scheduled trial on Sept. 23, and entered the agreement for her.

Struthers, 66, of Los Angeles, was sentenced by Justice John O'Neil to pay $1,210 in fines and fees, which was paid immediately. Her driver's license was also suspended for 30 days, effective on Sept. 3.

Struthers is a frequent performer at the Ogunquit Playhouse, appearing most recently in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in June and July. She was arrested shortly after midnight on Sept. 12, 2012, on Route 1 in Ogunquit for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Struthers, best known for her role as Gloria Stivic in the 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," was starring at the time of her arrest in Dolly Parton's "9 to 5: The Musical" at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

Struthers' plea agreement had not been scheduled for a court date and she had previously requested a trial, through court filings by her attorney.

Webb did not return a phone message Thursday seeking details on how the plea deal came about.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Linda Donovan, also did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Had Struthers gone to trial, jury selection was scheduled to begin on Sept. 23.

In addition to her role on "All in the Family," Struthers is well known for her role as Babette Dell on the show "Gilmore Girls."

Staff Writer Scott Dolan can be contacted at: 791-6304 or at

sdolan@mainetoday.com

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