SHEFFIELD LAKE — Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was charged with DUI early Monday after a breathalyzer test revealed his Blood Alcohol Content was more than 2½ times the legal limit.
Choo was pulled over about 2:25 a.m. after he was spotted weaving in the 5500 block of Lake Road in Sheffield Lake by an officer who was on patrol in the area, according to a police report.
He left city jail after on a personal bond a few hours after his arrest.
The South Korean-born Choo failed several sobriety tests, including not being able to count past “five one thousand” and using the wrong fingers to touch his nose. He was placed under arrest at while at the station blew a .201 BAC on a breathalyzer test. The legal BAC limit in Ohio is .08.
Choo’s white vehicle had damage on the bumper area, including green paint and scratches, according to the report.
He is the second Cleveland player arrested for DUI this season. Outfielder Austin Kearns was charged prior to spring training with DUI in Kentucky.
Choo is with the Indians in Oakland and is expected to be in the lineup for the series opener with the A’s tonight at 10:07.
Choo issued the following statement:
“I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians’ organization for the attention stemming from this matter, however I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball. Since this is a legal matter, I look forward to it being resolved within the court system as soon as possible.”