Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton charged with DUI

Published On March 5, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

It’s probably not the way he wanted his first big-league came to go, but 23-year-old Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton was arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence, and property damage, according to a report from ESPN. He was driving at 111 mph in a 45 mph zone when his arrest occured at 4:42 a.m. Saturday in Fort Myers.

Apparently, while being pursued by the police, Britton’s truck was swerving, went up over a curb, and knocked over a fence. He attempted to pull over into a wooded area where he stopped. When the police approached him, Britton first handed him his debit card rather than his driver’s license.

The pitcher refused a breath test, but openly admitted to the arresting officer that she had been drinking.

Britton was scratched from a scheduled appearance in Tuesday night’s game against Puerto Rico and was optioned to Double-A Portland on Monday.


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.