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Police: Shin-Soo Choo arrested for DUI

7:09 PM, May 3, 2011   |    comments
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SHEFFIELD LAKE -- Police have confirmed the arrest of Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo early Monday morning  on suspicion of drunk driving.

A Breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .201, more than double Ohio's legal limit of .08.

An officer following Choo's white Cadillac SUV said he was driving erratically before he was stopped.

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 alcoholic beverage," police said, and he was ordered out of the SUV.

Choo was unable to complete a heel-to-toe walking test, losing his balance and he failed two other sobriety tests, the report said.

He was taken to the police station and was given the Breathalyzer test. Choo was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, having an excessive blood-alcohol level and a traffic violation.

He was released without bond and was driven home. While being escorted outside by an officer, Choo reportedly smashed his camera in the parking lot.

The case has been scheduled for Sheffield Lake Mayor's Court at 5 p.m. Thursday, according to David Graves, the city law director. Choo's attorney may enter a not guilty plea on his behalf without Choo present or may ask for a continuance, Graves said.

The Cleveland Indians and General Manager Chris Antonetti today issued the following statement: 

"We are aware of the incident with Shin-Soo Choo and have spoken to him about it. The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously and we are disappointed in the matter. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment at this time."

Choo is with the team and is expected to be in the lineup tonight against Oakland.

Hours before game, Shin-Soo Choo released the following staement:

"I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians' organization for the attention stemming from this matter, 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."

Choo makes the sixth baseball player to be arrested on suspicion of DUI this year.


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