ATLANTA (AP/CBS) — The Georgia State Patrol says Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe has been charged with drunken driving.
Gordy Wright, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, said a trooper stopped Lowe’s vehicle about 10 p.m. Thursday on an Atlanta street. The trooper detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and administered a field sobriety test, which resulted in Lowe’s arrest.
The 37-year-old right-hander was charged with DUI, reckless driving and improper lane change, Wright said. Lowe declined to take a breath test before he was released, the spokesman added.
The Braves were off Thursday after returning home from a West Coast road trip. They open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
“Obviously we are concerned and disappointed about the events involving Derek Lowe overnight,” the team said in a statement. “We are currently gathering information and plan to address this matter later today.”
Lowe, who could not immediately be reached for comment, is in the third season of a four-year, $60 million contract with the Braves. He has been the team’s opening-day starter all three years.
This season, Lowe is 2-3 with a 3.21 earned run average. He is scheduled to make his next start Sunday.
Associated Press Writer Leonard Pallats contributed to this report.
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