Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo issued a public apology Tuesday afternoon after being arrested on allegations of drunken driving in the wee hours of the morning. "I just want to apologize to the fans, my teammates, my family," Gallardo said in a brief media session on the field at Miller Park. "It's just a bad call. It's something I shouldn't have done. I regret it. But at this point there's nothing I can do about it now. It happened. "I just want to apologize to the whole organization and all of the people in Milwaukee for my actions." A breath analysis test conducted by a Milwaukee County deputy on Gallardo registered an alcohol content of 0.22, nearly three times the 0.08 at which a driver would be considered intoxicated. It was Gallardo's first offense, and he was ticketed per state law. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said another driver called 911 to report a suspected drunken driver. Gallardo's black Ford-150 pickup truck was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. on I-94 near S. 76th Street after the deputy spotted it driving very slowly and making erratic lane changes. Gallardo told the deputy he had been drinking beer at Leff's Lucky Town, a nearby bar popular among Brewers fans. Gallardo was booked at the Milwaukee County Jail and his pickup truck was towed to an impound lot. The maximum penalty for the ticket is $300, and there can be additional fines depending on a person's blood-alcohol level. Gallardo also was ticketed for deviation from lane, which has a maximum penalty of $178.80. Gallardo, 27, spoke for about two minutes and didn't take questions. "You obviously know why I'm here," Gallardo said. "I just want to start off and (say) obviously what happened last night, I made a bad decision. I made a mistake. I made a mistake, and I'm sure I lost a lot of respect from the fans. "It's not very easy. It's one of those things where I truly am sorry. I'm going to make sure something like this never happens again. Whatever the circumstances or consequences, whatever I have to do so this won't happen again, I'm going to do it. "At this point, I wish I could answer questions right now, but it's just one of those things where it's an ongoing process. I don't know how long it's going to take to get this cleared up, the whole situation that happened. The main thing I came out here is to apologize, especially to the people that look up to me and things like that. "Obviously, it's something that I regret, and I'm going to make sure it never happens again."
Gallardo apologizes to Brewers fans after drunken driving arrest
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 17