Another Major League Baseball Player Faces DUI-Related Charges
With the arrest of Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo last Monday, the total now stands at six MLB players who have been arrested for DUI-related charges. Here are a few details of the incident with Choo, as reported by the Associated Press on The Hutchinson News:
According to police, a patrolman first spoke to Choo at 2:25 a.m. He told the officer he was lost and needed directions to Avon Lake. Choo was allowed to continue driving, but was later pulled over when he twice crossed the double-yellow lines and drifted into a bike path. He told the officer his GPS had broken and he was unable to get directions home.
Choo’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of ‘an alcohol beverage,’ police said, and he was ordered out of the SUV.
The baseball pro was unable to complete three different sobriety tests including a heel-to-toe walking test. After being brought to the police station, he was administered a breathalyzer test, with results being more than double the legal limit under Ohio law. Choo was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, having an excessive blood-alcohol level, and an undisclosed traffic violation.
Jordan Bastion, a writer for MLB.com, brings us Choo’s official statement on the matter:
‘I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians organization for the attention stemming from this matter,’ Choo said. ‘However, I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball.’
‘Since this is a legal matter, I look forward to it being resolved within the court system as soon as possible.’
In meeting with reporters later that day Choo declined to discuss particulars of the incident.
He is not the only Indian to face these sort of charges recently. Just before spring training this year, Cleveland outfielder Austin Kearns was arrested for similar charges near his Kentucky home.
Clubhouse policies on alcohol went through a major shift back in 2007, when St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was in a fatal car accident involving alcohol. The Indians were one of the teams to tighten up their policies at this time.
Major League Baseball logo used under Fair Use: Reporting.