DUI is suspected after Miguel Cabrera, first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, was stopped in St. Lucie, Florida on his way to training camp on February 16th, 2011.
When approached by the cops, he picked up a bottle of Scotch whiskey and started drinking it. It is further alleged that he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech, according to UPI.com. He was charged with drunk driving and resisting arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 16th.
Alcohol abuse has been a problem for Cabrera in the past. In 2010, he entered an alcohol treatment facility after an domestic incident that led to his arrest and a chemical test that showed he was three times the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content. After this recent DUI arrest, Major League Baseball’s doctors and specialists recommended he enter another treatment program.
Cabrera has not explicitly admitted to having an alcohol problem; however, he has had two alcohol related incidents that involved law enforcement within the past sixteen months. If he has a California driver’s license, the DMV could refuse to issue or renew his license if it is found that he is “incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle because of alcoholism, excessive and chronic use of alcoholic beverages, or addiction to, or habitual use of, any drug.” (California Vehicle Code Section 12806(a).)
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