The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig for reckless driving Dec. 28 after he was clocked going 110 mph in 70 mph zone. Video of the arrest became available Tuesday, and J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles New Group put it on YouTube. Roberto Baly of the Vin Scully is My Homeboy blog translated relevant parts of the conversation between Puig and the arresting officer — much of which is in Spanish.
It's clear that Gualberto Morales was shaming Puig into slowing the heck down next time, especially if he's driving with his mother in the car. Here's some of what was said:
Yasiel: I'm sorry sir, please don't take me
Officer: You don't care about your mom's life?
Officer: Don't apologize to me. Apologize to your mom, cousin and the girl inside that car. I saved their lives.
Yasiel: I drove 70 mph most of the time. You got me when I went faster, I don't know why I started driving fast.
Yasiel: No one wants to see me on TV that you arrested me
Yasiel: I'm sorry sir.
Officer: I told you many times to not apologize to me. you don't care about your mom.
Yasiel: Of course I care about my mom. I was taking her to see my son.
Yasiel: Can't you do a favor to a citizen? Please sir.
Yasiel: You let me go now, I will never drive again.
Well, he didn't let him go — Puig was booked — though Morales did say he wouldn't have Puig's car towed. Consider it a break, kid!
And not to bury (another) lede, but Puig is a father!? He goes on to say his son is 20 days old. Congratulations!?
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said J.P. Hoornstra worked for another news organization. The Stew regrets the error.]
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