Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks was arrested early Friday morning and charged with five misdemeanors, including driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property, according to the Lee County, Fla., sheriff’s office.
The police report indicated Jenks was booked at 3:43 a.m. and released on $4,250 bail at 8:45 a.m. Jenks also was charged with three counts of DUI and damage to property. He is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on April 9.
According to the police report, Jenks was pulled over in his white Mercedes SUV around 11:50 p.m. Thursday because he was driving erratically. When asked by the officer why he was all over the road, Jenks said it was because he “took too many muscle relaxers,” according to the report. The officer observed Jenks was “shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking” and described him as “unsteady on his feet” with glassy eyes, dilated pupils and slurred speech.
The 31-year-old Jenks agreed to a field sobriety test but said, according to the report, “I’m going to fail it.” During the test, Jenks indicated he couldn’t complete it because he was “messed up.” Jenks was then arrested, according to the report.
Before the sobriety test, Jenks was asked whether he had taken anything other than muscle relaxers and replied, according to the report, “I’m going to be honest with you, I was just leaving Babes because I hit a car. I just had to get out of there.”
Babes is an adult-entertainment club near where Jenks was pulled over.
A bouncer at Babes told police that a white Mercedes SUV pulled into the club’s parking lot at around 11:45 p.m. and struck a parked truck. The man confronted the driver, who according to the police report matched Jenks’ description, and asked him to either park the car or leave. The bouncer, who also said he’d call the driver a cab, told police the driver then hit another vehicle before eventually pulling away.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine did not provide any further information in his daily meeting with the media Friday morning, saying he learned of the arrest about 10 minutes before talking with reporters. The Red Sox later released the following statement:
“We have been made aware of a situation regarding Bobby Jenks and take such matters seriously. We are gathering information and will refrain from further comment at this time.”
Jenks, who is on the 60-day disabled list, was in Fort Myers, Fla., for rehabilitation after having multiple back surgeries in the offseason. Jenks had surgery in December to remove bone spurs in his back, but he said “a mistake” was made by a Red Sox-recommended medical team that performed the procedure, and it led to infection and an emergency second operation to correct what he termed a life-threatening situation.
There is no timetable for Jenks’ return to the mound.
Red Sox reliever Jenks arrested on DUI charge
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