Thursday, February 17, 2011

Miguel Cabrera charged with DUI

By Matt Harding
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Miguel Cabrera was arrested in St. Lucie County, Florida and charged with DUI and resisting arrest without violence. The St. Lucie County deputy who made contact with Cabrera saw him sitting in a 2005 Land Rover on the side of the road with smoke coming out of the engine compartment.

The deputy said he "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath when he spoke, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was accented and heavily slurred." He also saw Cabrera take a drink out of a bottle of James Buchanan Scotch.

Miguel, when asked for his identification, provided a passport and proceeded to get out of his vehicle. The deputy asked him multiple times to get out of the road and to put his hands behind his back. When he wouldn't, another deputy responded and tried to get Cabrera in the vehicle.

Cabrera said, according to the report, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems."

Do to his lack of compliance, the slugger was handcuffed. Cabrera continued to be a nuisance and refused to get in the back of the police car; he pushed off of the car into one of the deputies, shouting expletives. By this point, according to the report, the deputy "delivered 3-4 knee spikes into his left thigh muscle and the defendant fell onto the vehicle."

Miguel was released Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. ET. on $1,350 bond. This incident hasn't been Cabby's first brush with the law. During the 2009 season, he was jailed after his wife called the police. The two were arguing and Cabrera had been intoxicated. After the incident, he sought counseling for what he called "an alcohol problem."

Manager Jim Leyland had no comment about the incident today at camp. Cabrera's toothy mugshot can be found here.

Cabrera's DUI in Florida isn't his first brush with the law
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

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