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Charges dismissed againt Dodgers' Puig

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Reckless driving and speeding charges against Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig were dropped by prosecutors in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Chattanoogan reported Wednesday.

Puig was stopped in April when Chattanooga Police clocked him driving his car 97 mph in a 50 mph zone at 1 a.m. and going in and out of lanes. The police report stated that Puig was serving as the designated driver of the vehicle.

A letter from Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen outlining the rookie's community service and involvement in charities was read at the hearing.

At the time of the incident, Puig was playing for double-A Chattanooga.

The 22-year-old Cuban defector was called up to the Dodgers in June and made an immediate splash. He hit .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs during the regular season to put himself in contention for the National League Rookie of the Year award.
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