Yovani Gallardo, the No. 1 starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, was arrested at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday on I-94 near S. 76th St. on allegations of drunken driving. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said Gallardo registered 0.22 on a breath test. A level of 0.08 or more is considered evidence of intoxication. Authorities said it was his first offense. Gallardo was ticketed for the offense. Gallardo is scheduled to pitch Thursday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park. The Brewers released the following statement late Tuesday morning about the incident: "We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions." Fran McLaughlin, sheriff's office spokeswoman, said another driver called 911 to report a suspected drunken driver. After being pulled over in his black Ford-150 pickup truck, Gallardo told the sheriff's deputy he had been drinking beer at Leff's Lucky Town, a popular bar for Brewers fans in Wauwatosa. In Wisconsin, a first-time drunken driver is issued a ticket, but the sheriff's office makes it a practice to book all alleged drunken drivers, even those who are not facing misdemeanor charges for repeat offenses, McLaughlin said. Gallardo's pickup truck was towed because he could not drive, and he had to be picked up from the Milwaukee County Jail, she said. 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. Much like the Brewers, who have lost eight of their first 11 games, Gallardo has struggled this season. In three starts, he has gone 0-1 with a 6.61 earned run average. He last pitched on Saturday in St. Louis and took the loss as the Cardinals whipped the Brewers, 8-0. Gallardo, 27, was involved in another local incident on Aug. 27, 2010 when he and Brewers clubhouse attendant Alex Sanchez were robbed at gunpoint in the early-morning hours outside of a supermarket on Cesar Chavez Drive. Gallardo said he and Sanchez had stopped to get a late-night snack when they were robbed.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo arrested on allegations of drunken driving
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 16