Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher, Drake Britton was arrested in Florida over the weekend for driving under the influence, reckless driving and property damage.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s department, the arrest was made early Saturday morning. A police officer observed Britton’s black Silverado traveling in excess of 111 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Britton was swerving in between vehicles during a police pursuit, before eventually driving off the road, over a curb and knocking down a fence. Britton attempted to drive into the woods before coming to a stop.
When the officer asked for identification, Britton handed over his credit card. Britton admitted to drinking and had slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, and the smelled of alcohol. He was charged with DUI, DUI property damage and reckless driving, and was released on $2,250 bond.
Drafted in 23rd round of the 2007 June Amateur Draft, Britton has spent the past five seasons in the Red Sox minor league system. Britton was among the three players cut from spring training camp on Monday, he was optioned to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in Portland, Maine. Last season for the Sea Dogs, Britton was 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA and 76 strike outs over 84.2 innings.
Of course Britton wasn’t going to break camp with the big club, but one has to wonder if his arrest was the reason for his being cut from the major league camp and optioned to the minors at this time.