Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .201 - more than double Ohio's legal limit of .08.
Choo was arrested by police in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. An officer following Choo’s white Cadillac SUV said he was driving erratically before he was stopped.
Choo on Tuesday apologized to fans, the team, the club and his family “for the attention stemming from this matter.”
“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,” he said in a statement released by the Indians, who began the week with the best record in the big leagues.
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The 28-year-old South Korean and former Seattle Mariner traveled with the team and was in the starting lineup Tuesday night, when the Indians opened a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Cleveland began the week with the best record in the majors.
According to police, a patrolman first spoke to Choo at 2:25 a.m. EDT. 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.
Choo’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of “an alcoholic beverage,” police said, and he was ordered out of the SUV.
Choo failed three sobriety tests, and was taken to the police station, given the Breathalyzer test and then charged with DUI.
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