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Matt Bush and Nine Other Baseball Stars Arrested for Driving Drunk
On Thursday, March 22, 2012, baseball player Matt Bush was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Bush remains in jail on $1 million bail. It is surprising that players still drive drunk after high profile fatalities such as Nick Adenhart, who was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver and Josh Hancock, who died in a crash while he allegedly drove drunk. Here is a look at nine other professional baseball players who have drawn media coverage after getting charged with drunken driving related offenses.
Archie Gilbert had just helped his team, the Harrisburg Senators, get to the playoffs, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The Class AA team was one of the stronger teams in the playoffs. Gilbert may have celebrated too much, however. That night, he was arrested after allegedly driving through an active work zone while intoxicated. The road through the work zone was closed down at the time.
On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, Miguel Cabrera allegedly drove drunk and was arrested. He was found in the driver's seat in a car that was running. He was allegedly drinking at the time. Though he was released shortly after, his position on the team remained up in the air. He was able to return to the Detroit Tigers.
Alex White, a pitcher for the Colorado Rapids, was arrested on Saturday, March 3, 2012. He had been pulled over and allegedly registered with a .174 BAC on the breathalyzer. He is facing a charge of extreme DUI.
Adam Kennedy, who played infielder for the Seattle Mariners, admitted that he was pulled over for exceeding the speed limit and failed a breathalyzer test. He apologized to fans and admitted that what he did was wrong. On January 26, 2011, the player had to spend the night in jail.
After allegedly reaching speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour in his sports car on June 14, 2006, Esteban Loaiza was pulled over and asked to submit to a sobriety test. He allegedly failed that test and spent the night in a California jail. Loaiza was, at the time, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics.
On Monday, May 2, 2011, Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for allegedly driving drunk. He was given a breathalyzer test that allegedly indicated that he had a BAC of more than double the legal limit for driving. In 2012, the player was able continue playing with the Cleveland Indians.
On February 12, 2011, Austin Kearns had allegedly driven down an emergency lane and swerved enough to attract the attention of an off-duty officer. The officer detained the player until law enforcement officials could arrive. He refused all sobriety test options and was kept in jail until he posted bail. Kearns was an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians.
Derek Lowe, who at the time was the pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, was allegedly arrested after refusing to take a field sobriety test on April 28, 2011. He had allegedly been observed racing his Porsche and was pulled over when the officer smelled alcohol. Lowe refused the breathalyzer and was arrested and held overnight in an Atlanta jail.
On March 3, 2011, Coco Crisp, also known as Covelli Crisp, was pulled over after an officer allegedly observed his vehicle swerving in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to police reports when Crisp submitted to a breathalyzer, he was found to have a BAC of .13. Crisp was, at the time, an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics.
Though Kristin Watt is not a fan of all sports, she does follow the news on most sports religiously. Major news events in one sport do tend to ripple out to others and she makes sure that she never misses the big stories.
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