Gallardo cited for drunk driving
Brewers Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo was arrested early Tuesday and cited for drunken driving after driving erratically past Miller Park on Interstate 94.
Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Fran McLaughlin said Gallardo registered a .22 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit in Wisconsin of .08. A first-time offense for operating while intoxicated is not a criminal offense in Wisconsin, so Gallardo was ticketed and released.
The Brewers issued a brief statement:
“We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions.”
According to McLaughlin, another driver phoned 911 to report Gallardo’s black Ford F-150 driving slowly and deviating lanes as it headed westbound on I-94 near the stadium. A deputy in the area stopped Gallardo near 76th St. at about 2:10 a.m. and Gallardo indicated he had been drinking beer at Leff’s Lucky Town, a popular bar for Brewers fans in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Gallardo performed poorly on a field sobriety test, McLaughlin said, and was administered a preliminary breath test on the scene which recorded a .22 blood alcohol level. He was arrested at 2:30 a.m. and taken to a Sherriff’s Department substation in the area for a more accurate test. Again, Gallardo’s BAC registered .22.
As a matter of practice meant to deter repeat offenders, McLaughlin said the department books all alleged drunken drivers. Gallardo was booked into the downtown jail under his legal name — Yovani Gallardo-Zaragoza — at 4:25 a.m. CT and released at 6:25 a.m. His truck had been towed, so Gallardo was picked up and driven home.
The maximum fine for operating while intoxicated-first offense is $300, and Gallardo was issued a separate $300 ticket because of the level of intoxication and a $178.80 ticket for lane deviation. In addition, Gallardo will have to have an interlock ignition device installed on his vehicle, McLaughlin said.
The Brewers instruct their players during Spring Training about the dangers of driving drunk, and offer alternative transportation for instances in which players need it.
Gallardo’s next scheduled start is Thursday afternoon against Matt Cain and the Giants at Miller Park. In three starts so far, including an Opening Day no-decision against the Rockies, Gallardo is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA.
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