Red Sox’s Jenks arrested on DUI charge
Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was arrested Friday morning outside a Florida strip club on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash.
Jenks, 31, was arrested at 3:43 a.m. local time after he reportedly struck two vehicles in the parking lot of Babes strip club in Fort Myers, near the Red Sox’s spring training facility.
An arrest report says Jenks told the deputy he had taken ”too many muscle relaxers.” The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.
The report says Jenks also told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club. The deputy found a small amount of damage on his bumper.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the club’s bouncer saw Jenks drive into a pickup truck in the parking lot before driving off.
Jenks was charged with leaving the scene of a crash, according to the report. He also faces a DUI charge and two counts of DUI with property damage.
The right-hander was released five hours later after paying a $4,250 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.
"We’re aware of it and are still gathering information," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told The Fort Myers News-Press via text.
Jenks is scheduled to be in court April 9, according to the paper.
The two-time All-Star is currently on the Red Sox disabled list following a series of offseason back surgeries.
Jenks posted a lackluster 6.32 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched in 2011, his first season in Boston after signing a two-year, $12 million deal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.