Tigers' Cabrera Arrested On DUI Charge In Fla.
Updated On: Feb 17 2011 10:19:57 AM EST
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested Wednesday night on charges of drunken driving and two counts of resisting an officer without violence in St. Lucie County, Florida.
The 27-year-old was arrested after sheriff?s investigators spotted his vehicle on the side of the road with smoke coming from the engine compartment, according to a police report released Thursday.
The arresting officer said Cabrera grabbed a bottle of James Buchanan?s scotch and started drinking while he was stopped, the report said.
According to the report, Cabrera asked the arresting officer, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems." The police report also states that when the officer asked Cabrera to get into the patrol vehicle he said, "F**k you. Do you know who I am?"
Cabrera refused to take a breath test and the arresting officer said he hit Cabrera three to four times in the knees to force him into the police vehicle, according to the report.
Cabrera, a native of Venezuela, played several years for the Florida Marlins before joining the Detroit Tigers, where sources have reported his salary is $20 million.
He was released after posting $1,300 bond.
The arrest occurred about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training.
Cabrera's teammates in Lakeland did not have much to say about the arrest, but showed support for their teammate.
"I really don't know anything about it, so you know, I can't comment on that," said Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. "I know he's my teammate, and I love him to death. We will stick up for him any way we can."
Shortstop Ramon Santiago was confident Cabrera will be back at spring training soon.
"He'll be alright. He'll be here," Santiago said. "I know Miguel is going to be alright and everything is going to be good."
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In 2009, the All-Star first baseman got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking, right before his team surrendered the American League Central Division title to the Twins.
Police said Cabrera had a 0.26 blood-alcohol reading -- three times above Michigan's legal limit for driving -- and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had to pick up Cabrera at the station. No charges were filed.
During spring training last year, Cabrera said he was done drinking alcohol after he spent much of the offseason in counseling.
"You guys write in the paper 'alcoholic,' that's not right," he said last March before a spring training workout. "I don't know how to explain, but it's not an alcohol problem."
He hit .328 with 38 home runs in 2010 and finished second in the American League MVP vote.
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