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Re: Cleveland: Ya Gotta Be Tough

The Indians may be en fuego, Peter, but there was some sobering news today: Shin-Soo Choo was arrested early Monday morning for driving under the influence.

This was not your typical DUI arrest, however:

Choo first came into contact with police at 2:25 a.m., according to the report. Initially, the outfielder asked an officer to help him find his way to Avon Lake, Ohio. The officer did not observe the smell of alcohol on Choo at first and agreed to follow the outfielder to make sure he reached his home.

At one point, Choo pulled off to the side of a road and turned on his hazard lights. He then indicated to an officer that the GPS in his white 2007 Cadillac SUV was not working properly. The officer again informed the outfielder that he would follow him home, according to the report.

While the officer followed in a cruiser, he witnessed Choo driving over the road’s double yellow line on two separate occasions. He also veered into a bike lane on the opposite side of the road. Choo was then pulled over a second time, at which point the officer noticed his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol.

Choo was then asked to perform a number of sobriety tests. When he struggled to follow the officer’s instructions, Choo was arrested and taken to the Sheffield Lake station. When he was later led out of the station, Choo smashed his personal camera in the parking lot, according to the report.

The article also points out that Choo is the sixth Major Leaguer arrested on a DUI charge this year.

Choo was eventually released without bond and given a ride home. He traveled to the West Coast with the team and is batting third this evening against the A’s.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.


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