Cardinals' Baseball Manager Arrested for Florida DUI

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was arrested for suspicion of Florida DUI after police found him asleep inside his running SUV at a traffic light.

Around midnight, undercover officers witnessed La Russa’s Ford SUV stopped at an intersection. The vehicle sat through several cycles of green lights, forcing other drivers to maneuver around the vehicle. Officers approached the SUV and found La Russa slumped over in the driver’s seat. The vehicle was in drive and the engine running, with La Russa’s foot on the brake. After not responding to knocking on the windows, a patrol officer was summoned and La Russa finally woke up.

Officers noticed alcohol on La Russa’s breath and asked him to submit to sobriety tests. La Russa, 62, provided breath samples that indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.093 percent. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08 percent. He was booked in the Palm Beach County jail on the charge of misdemeanor Florida DUI around 4:00 in the morning Thursday.

The Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals won the 2006 World Series. They play spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

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