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Red Sox's Britton charged with DUI

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton was arrested Saturday morning and charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence and property damage, according to the Lee County Sheriff's office, as reported by several media outlets.

The 23-year-old was paced at the maximum 111 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone in Estero, Fla., next to Boston's spring training home of Fort Myers, according to the arrest report. As police pursued, Britton swerved between other moving vehicles and hopped over a curb.

"This is a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously, and it is being addressed," the Red Sox said in a statement Tuesday. "The club will not make further comment on this matter."

The police report said the truck knocked down a barbed-wire fence, then continued on a dirt road for a quarter of a mile and tried to pull into a wooded area before stopping.

The arresting officer said Britton's breath smelled of alcohol, and he had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. He refused a breath test, but the officer said he admitted he had been drinking. He was taken to a local jail.

Britton was one of three players sent to minor-league camp on Monday. He finished last season with Double-A Portland, and posted a 4-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in 16 starts.
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