Last night, St. Louis Cardinals skipper and longtime Bay Area favorite Tony La Russa was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI. The incident took place as La Russa was on his way home from the Cardinals’ spring training site in Jupiter, Florida.
Now, the usual offense for DUI (especially with professional athletes) involves speeding or reckless driving. With Tony? He was found asleep at the wheel. The cops noticed something “off” when La Russa’s SUV sat running in the intersection through two cycles of green lights without moving:
A driver behind La Russa had to go around his vehicle, police said.
Police found La Russa slumped over in the driver’s seat of the running SUV. The manager of the world champion Cardinals had his foot on the brake and did not respond to knocks on the window, police said. He finally woke up and parked the car.
Not exactly the most egregious offense, we know. Plus, La Russa was barely over the legal limit (limit=0.08, Tony=0.93), but nonetheless, he should be counting his lucky stars that no one was hurt.
Cardinals manager arrested for DUI in Florida [ESPN]