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Yasiel Puig has reckless driving charge dropped by Florida authorities

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Yasiel Puig, seen here obeying the speed limit. (Getty Images)

A reckless driving charge against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been dropped by the state attorney's office in Florida, making this the second time the budding star's reckless driving arrests have been wiped clean.

In this case, prosecutors decided that there wasn't enough to sustain a reckless driving charge, so Puig will instead just get a traffic ticket. This stems from the Dec. 28 incident in which he was stopped by authorities after being clocked driving 110 mph through Florida's Alligator Alley. The speed limit there is 70 mph. Puig could have faced jail time, if maximum penalties were enforced.

WZVN-TV in Fort Myers has more about the state's choice to drop the charges:

Prosecutors say the speed, while excessive, by itself is not enough to support a charge of reckless driving.

 

The trooper who stopped Puig noted he had several family members in the Mercedes, and arrested Puig because he endangered their lives by traveling at that speed.

 

But the State Attorney's Office said the trooper didn't see Puig weaving in and out of traffic, which was light to moderate at the time of the December 28th incident, and there was no other aggravating factor that warranted the reckless driving charge.


The video of Puig's arrest included the 23-year-old pleading for mercy in ridiculous pink shorts while the arresting officer lectured him for driving so fast with his mother in the car. In the aftermath, Puig hired a full-time driver and all the baseball fans who disliked him after his much-talked-about rookie season continued to dislike him, with new evidence to back up their outrage.

Now they can be mad that Puig is skating again from the law. In November, Puig had a reckless driving charge dismissed in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was arrested in April for driving 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. He was playing for the Dodgers' Double A team at the time.

A judge dropped the charges after Lon Rosen, the Dodgers' executive vice president, wrote a letter detailing Puig's otherwise clean record and his commitment to the community in L.A. (which includes going to teammate Clayton Kershaw's charity ping-pong event).

Perhaps the state attorney's office in Florida is now focusing all of its stars-driving-poorly manpower on the case against Justin Bieber.

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