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Tony La Russa arrested

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moondoggy, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, after he was found asleep at the wheel in his running SUV at a green light.

    La Russa's SUV was stopped at a light that, according to police, went through two cycles of green. A driver behind La Russa had to go around his vehicle, police said.

    Police found La Russa slumped over in the driver's seat of the running SUV. The manager of the world champion Cardinals had his foot on the brake and did not respond to knocks on the window, police said. He finally woke up and parked the car.

    Police said they noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath, and a field sobriety test was conducted.

    The 62-year-old LaRussa was sent to the Palm Beach County Jail around 4 a.m., according to the jail's Web site. La Russa provided breath samples, which measured at a .093 blood alcohol level, police said. The legal limit for drivers in Florida is 0.08.
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    Pretty sad and surprising.
  3. fmrsped

    fmrsped Active Member

    That sucks for La Russa. ... .093? Ouch.
  4. Damn, Simon.
    Assuming that you're fairly young, isn't apnea unusual for someone of your age?
    Tony, OTOH, seems fairly well hammered.
  5. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    I'm in Reggie White-ville.
  6. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    He'd be able to argue that to a dismissal, I'm pretty confident.

    He was asleep because he was tired, not because he was drunk.

    .093 is barely tipsy.
  7. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    That's what happened to Roy Tarpley, didn't it?
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    If the legal limit is .08, .093 is legally drunk. Where is the wiggle room here?
  9. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    That the test has a margin for error, as every test does?
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I guess some states are more lenient than others.
    In New Jesey, the lmit is .10, if you're over .10, your license is getting suspended, automatically, unless you can prove the breathalyzer malfunctioned.
  11. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    .09 is 2 maybe 3 beers. Would say this is more a case of being tired than ripped, although it could point to some other potential health issues.

    Too bad this didn't happen in St louis. As long as it was Anheuser-Busch product he was imbibing, they would have escorted him home.
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Since no one was injured, is it too early to make a joke about how LaRussa can even slow up a green light?

    Or how he should gone to the bullpen for a situational driver?
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