Dodgers OF Puig charged with reckless driving in Florida, police say
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on a
reckless driving charge for the second time this year after
officers clocked him going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said a white
Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over
around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
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Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless
driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig
lives in the Miami area during the offseason.
Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined to comment on Puig’s
In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with
reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police
clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were
dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los
Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season,
batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI. He helped them reach the
NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and was
runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a
record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing
bonus and made $2 million last season.