REDSOX PLAYER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED DUI
Drake Britton, a pitching prospect for the Boston Red Sox, was arrested on alleged DUI, reckless driving and property damage charges in Fort Meyers, Fla. It is reported that Britton was going 111 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was weaving in and out of traffic before finally crashing his vehicle into a fence. The drunk driving charges are thought to have been the reason the Red Sox sent Britton back to the AA team in Portland, Ore. the next day. Britton opted out of going to Texas A&M University and took a $700,000 signing bonus from the Red Sox in 2007. He suffered many injuries early in his baseball career, including a major surgery before the 2009 season. In 2011, he was fifth on the team's list of prospects. Since that time, he's fallen off the top-10 list of prospects for the team.
Individuals with a first time DUI in Florida can face fines up to $500 and 50 hours of community service. Prison terms are up to a year and can be followed by up to a year of probation. License suspension is 180 days at minimum and a 12-hour DUI class is required. Prison time, fines and license suspension increase with subsequent convictions. If your planning on headed to Florida for some early spring sunshine, be wary, Florida laws are more strict than ours in Massachusetts. Source: Bleacher Report, "Boston Red Sox Pitching Prospect Drake Britton Arrested for DUI," Andrew Martin, March 5, 2013