Freese arrested for DWI

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St.
Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was arrested over the
weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the fourth time in
less than three years that a member of the team has faced
drunken-driving allegations.

Police in
Maryland Heights, Mo., said Monday that Freese was stopped at 2:40 a.m.
Saturday in suburban St. Louis for a traffic offense, then given a
sobriety test.

Details of the test were not
released, but Freese was arrested for driving while intoxicated and
failure to drive within a single lane.


Freese was booked and then released, police said. He will appear in
Maryland Heights municipal court, but no date has been set.

Freese’s agent, Philip Tannenbaum, said the player is remorseful.


“The entire matter is regrettable,” Tannenbaum said. “David looks
forward to contributing to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals. We
look forward to putting this behind us.”


There was no phone listing for Freese. Phone messages left with a
Cardinals spokesman, general manager John Mozeliak and Freese’s
attorney, Scott Rosenblum, were not returned.


Freese, 26, is a native of suburban St. Louis and played high school
baseball at Lafayette High School in St. Louis County. He was drafted
in the ninth round by San Diego in 2006. The Cardinals acquired Freese
in a December 2007 trade that sent Jim Edmonds to San Diego.


Freese has been one of the team’s most productive minor leaguers and
was a candidate to start at third base in 2009 after Troy Glaus had
offseason shoulder surgery that would force him to sit out most of the
season.

But in January, Freese’s car
skidded on ice and wrecked. He injured both feet and eventually had
surgery on his left foot, forcing him to miss most of the first half of
the season.

He returned to hit .300 with
10 home runs and 37 runs batted in in 56 games at Triple-A Memphis. In
17 games with St. Louis, he hit .323 with one homer and seven RBIs.


Freese enters 2010 as perhaps the front-runner for the starting job at
third base. Glaus was not re-signed, and Mark DeRosa, who played mostly
third base after being acquired in a June trade with Cleveland, is a
free agent.

Even if the Cardinals re-sign DeRosa, he could be moved to left field if Matt Holliday opts to sign elsewhere.


The arrest of Freese was the fourth alcohol-related incident involving
a member of the Cardinals since early 2007, when manager Tony La Russa
was arrested at an intersection in Jupiter, Fla., for driving under the
influence.

Two months later, relief
pitcher Josh Hancock died when the sport utility vehicle he was driving
struck a tow truck that was parked on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.
Police said Hancock was speeding, talking on a cell phone and had a
blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.

The Cardinals banned alcohol from the clubhouse after Hancock’s death.


In February 2008, utility player Scott Spiezio was released after being
charged in a six-count complaint involving drunken driving and assault
related to a car crash in California.