Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested a month ago, allegedly for racing his Porsche through Buckhead against a friend while drunk. Charges were soon dropped due to lack of evidence, and after taking a look at police dash-cam video of the incident it's not hard to imagine why things turned out that way. Here's the video, via WSB-TV:
You can see the two cars hurtle down Peachtree Street, with the officer electing to pull over Lowe's car, which he calls an Aston Martin. The officer tells Lowe to "stop bulls****ing me" and says, "don't tell me how to do my job," so clearly things were heated between the two. Lowe insists he didn't do anything, refuses a breathalyzer test and defends himself by saying, "Once you say you play baseball, you're already guilty."
It's also noted the other driver was let go without so much as a ticket.
Based on reports that came out at the time, Lowe was racing his 2011 Porsche Panamera against a friend through Buckhead, making an improper lane change. He was released on bail and had his car impounded, according to reports.
His lawyer strongly disputes the "racing" part. The starter didn't contest that lane change citation, however.
He apologized the next day for the news, with Fredi Gonzalez and the franchise expressing disappointment. It was a particularly unwelcome story considering coach Roger McDowell was also in the middle of catching hell for making obscene and threatening remarks to San Francisco Giants fans.
Yet another apology for Braves fans to take in. Derek Lowe has apologized for his actions Thursday in which he drank after driving, raced his Porsche, made an improper lane change, was arrested for DUI and reckless driving, and made a humorous mug shot.
"I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Braves organization for the attention arising from this matter, however I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Braves organization while we are focused on returning to the playoffs," the 37-year old pitcher said. "This is a legal matter and I anticipate this case can promptly be resolved within the court system."
"We don’t condone it. We don’t like it," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But it happens. It happens in all walks of life, all professions. It’s not good. He’s got to go through some legal stuff that everybody goes through. Hopefully, our guys learn a lesson from it."
Derek Lowe was stopped by Georgia State Patrol law enforcement for racing another car on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mike Morris. No word on who he was racing his Porsche against, but we'll hope it wasn't John Rocker. As was hypothesized last week while discussing a photo of Chipper Jones deer hunting, most evidence suggests that all Braves players eventually just turn into one shade or another of Rocker. Welcome, D-Lowe.
Lowe was reportedly driving a 2011 Panamera, the same model as the one A.J. Green now drives. We know he wasn't racing Green, who was a little busy and in New York Thursday night. The unidentified competition was charged with reckless driving, but not redneckless driving, am I right!
This story just went from plain-old disappointing and concerning and so forth to pretty thrilling.
The Atlanta Braves have released a statement on the Thursday night DUI arrest of pitcher Derek Lowe, the second statement they’ve had to make in under a week on a bad decision by a publicly visible franchise member. The official comment:
Obviously we are concerned and disappointed about the events involving Derek Lowe overnight. We are currently gathering information and plan to address this matter later today.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested Thursday night for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a report by CBS Atlanta. Lowe was reportedly stopped on one or another Peachtree Road around 10 pm ET and taken to Atlanta city jail before being bonded out Friday morning. CBS Atlanta also has video at that link of Lowe leaving Atlanta City Jail, reportedly "chatty" with his bail bondsman.
After a field sobriety test, Lowe was arrested and put in a cell for the evening. No word on his blood alcohol content at this point. Also no comment from the team yet.
The pitcher has been a member of the Braves since 2009, starting six games so far this season. The Braves just got back in town from a long California road trip. Pretty bad week for the Braves off the diamond after the Roger McDowell incident and now this.