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From the Palm Beach Post:






Mets player charged with DUI


By Will Vash

Wednesday, July 28, 2004


New York Mets ballplayer Shane Spencer was arrested early Tuesday on a DUI charge after he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 95, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.


Spencer, 32, of Tampa was driving a white Volvo at 3:19 a.m. south on Interstate 95 just north of Midway Road when a FHP trooper clocked him doing 98 mph in a 70 mph zone, according to the report.


Trooper Vito Fruggiero followed the Volvo, watching it drive onto the shoulder and weave into other lanes, according to the report. The trooper pulled the Volvo over on the off ramp at St. Lucie West, the report said.


As Fruggiero approached the car, he could "smell an odor of alcoholic beverages within the vehicle" through the open windows and sunroof, according to the report.


Fruggiero wrote that Spencer "slurred his speech" when asked for his driver license and registration. Spencer said the car was a rental.


"I asked if he had any alcohol to drink, he said a few," Fruggiero wrote in the report. "I asked how many was a few. He said six or seven."


Spencer underwent roadside sobriety tests, but did not have to perform one test because of a foot injury, the report said. The New York Mets announced last weekend that Spencer cut his right foot when he stepped on some broken glass in a Manhattan bar; he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Spencer and his wife, Heidi, were out with friends after the Mets' annual charity cruise around New York harbor this month when one his sandals slipped off his right foot, according to the Major League Baseball Web site. He then cut his heel on broken glass.


On Tuesday the ballplayer was arrested after the roadside tests and taken to the St. Lucie County jail, where he refused a breath test because "he didn't want the results getting to the papers," according to the report.


Spencer, a native of Key West, was released later the same day on $350 bond.


Mets spokesman Jay Horowitz said the organization was aware of Spencer's arrest.


"We're looking into it," Horowitz said.


Spencer's arrest comes after a Port St. Lucie pizza delivery driver accused Spencer and fellow Mets outfielder Karim Garcia of battering him March 4 outside Duffy's Sports Grill, 790 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd.


No charges were filed after it appeared the alleged victim might have been the primary aggressor, Port St. Lucie police said.



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