Red Sox pitcher makes memorable debut — as a DUI arrestee

(AP, Lee County Sheriff)

(AP, Lee County Sheriff)

Perhaps 23 year old Drake Britton forgot that the reason that he is in Florida this spring is not for “spring break” partying, but to make an impression in his first big league camp as a pitcher in the Red Sox organization.

He did make an impression, but it was with the Fort Myers police department, not the Bosox organization.  And while this DUI was not quite as spectacular as Pittsburgh Steelers’ Alameda Ta’Amu’s one last October, it was still far from your run of the mill ordinary DUI.

According to Gordon Edes of

The arrest occurred at 4:42 a.m. Saturday, on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Estero, which is adjacent to Fort Myers. According to the arrest report, Britton, who was driving a 2008 black Chevrolet Silverado (a pickup truck), was paced at a maximum speed of 111 mph in a 45 mph zone. With a police car in pursuit, Britton’s truck swerved in between other moving vehicles and jumped over a curb, continuing down a small decline and knocking down a barbed-wire fence, according to the police report. Britton then allegedly continued down a dirt road for a quarter of a mile and attempted to pull into a wooded area before coming to a stop. When the officer approached and asked for his license, Britton first handed him his debit card.

According to the arresting officer, Britton’s breath smelled of alcohol and he had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Britton refused a breath test, but the officer said he admitted he had been drinking. He was taken to Lee County Jail.

Britton has been charged with DUI, reckless driving and property damage.

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