Rangers pitcher gets arrested for drunk driving, urinates on himself

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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested for DWI after an early Friday morning traffic stop that, according to authorities, was equal parts dangerous and embarrassing.

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Take it away, Dallas Morning News:

He was stopped about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Uptown, in the 2400 block of Mahon Street near Maple Avenue and Cedar Springs Road, after he changed lanes without signaling and almost hit a car, police said.

An officer reported Jeffress’ breath smelled like alcohol and his eyes were “bloodshot, watery and glassy,” the warrant says. He told the officer that between 12:15 and 1:15 a.m., he had three or four cups of Hennessy cognac mixed with Coca-Cola.

During sobriety tests, he could not keep his balance or stand on one leg, an affidavit said. He also urinated on himself.

Wait, what? Oh. That’s quite a final detail.

The rest of this ordeal is bad enough — the alleged drinking and reckless driving certainly isn’t something to gloss over — but actually peeing on himself during the traffic stop is going to earn Jeffress a special spot in the annals of Athletes Behaving Badly.

Texas Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress on the mound and in his mugshot. (Getty Images/WFAA)
Texas Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress on the mound and in his mugshot. (Getty Images/WFAA)

According to The Morning News, Jeffress, 28, was released on $500 bail at 11 a.m. local time Friday after spending about six hours in jail. Rangers GM Jon Daniel said Friday afternoon that Jeffress was placed on the restricted list for Friday night’s game, but the move will only be for one day. Earlier in the day, the team released a statement acknowledging what happened:

“The Texas Rangers are aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning. At this time, we are in the process of gathering information and have no further comment.”

Jeffress is a recent addition to the Rangers. He came over from the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline. He has a 4.00 ERA in nine games since joining the club. In the minor leagues, he was suspended twice for using marijuana, which cost him a total of 150 games between 2007 and 2009. Jeffress, however, said he used marijuana to control his epilepsy.

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