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Tigers’ Cabrera Popped For DUI

The Tigers are off to a bad start, even with opening day over a month away.  Tigers’ First Baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday in Florida on drunken driving charges, and resisting an officer without violence.  To make matters worse, he took a swig from a bottle in the presence of a county sheriff’s officer. SportingNews.com reports:

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Cabrera, 27, was spotted by a deputy in a car that’s engine was smoking 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 St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.

He was wandering into the road with his hands up before he was handcuffed, the report said. 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.

This his not Cabrera’s first run-in with the law after a night of drinking.  In 2009, he was picked up by Michigan police after fight with his wife, although no charges were officially filed.

Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers began earlier this week, with opening day slated for March 31st.

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