Pro hockey player in court on drug charges

By Brandon Semler -

Jason Pietrasiak

Jason Pietrasiak

A professional hockey player was arraigned in Madison County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning after three pounds of marijuana was found in his car in March.

Jason Pietrasiak, 26, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was arraigned on a single count of drug possession.

Pietrasiak played left wing for the Dayton Demonz team in 2014-2015, which is a member of the professional Federal Hockey League, according to

Pietrasiak was traveling eastbound on Interstate-70 in Madison County on March 19 when he was stopped at about 4 p.m. near milepost 74 for moving violations, according to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Officers smelled marijuana, and found three pounds of it in the vehicle, the report said.

Another vehicle traveling with Pietrasiak was also stopped, and $65,905 in cash was found in the other vehicle.

At a previous arraignment in municipal court, Pietrasiak was ordered a $25,000 cash surety bond, which he posted. His attorney Zachury Meranda said he is in the process of motioning for intervention in place of conviction for his client.

Also in common pleas court Tuesday:

• Timothy Seagle, 32, of Urbana, was determined clinically eligible for intervention in place of conviction. He is charged with three felony counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of theft.

His legal eligibility must now be determined. His next hearing is currently scheduled for Aug. 12.

• Andrew Ramey, 43, of West Jefferson, was arraigned on one count of drug possession. He was released on the agreement that he would attend future court proceedings.

Emily Mayer was appointed to represent Ramey. His informal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for Aug. 19.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

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By Brandon Semler