Spring training got off to a festive start yesterday for the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was arrested yesterday on DUI and other charges which ultimately lead to this great mug shot. As great as that mug shot it, and indeed it is great, the story of Cabrera’s arrest is even better.
Cabrera, 27, was spotted by a deputy in a car with a smoking engine alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Inside the vehicle, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.
According to the police report, Cabrera was wandering into the road with his hands up before he was handcuffed. He kept saying, “Do you know who I am? You don’t know anything about my problems,” and cursed at deputies who tried to get him into a patrol car.
One deputy struck Cabrera in the left thigh several times with his knee after Cabrera pushed into him, causing the ballplayer to fall into the patrol car. Cabrera refused to take a breath test, deputies said.
Didn’t I tell you that the story was much, much better?