Atlanta Braves player Marcell Ozuna arrested on DUI charge

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Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 10:23 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - An Atlanta Braves player has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Norcross police arrested Braves outfielder and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna on charges of DUI and failure to maintain lane.

According to the arrest report, the 31-year-old outfielder and designated hitter was pulled over at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday after he was observed speeding and driving in both the left and right travel lanes along Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross in his Mercedes-Benz SUV.

The reporting officer wrote in his report that as soon as he approached the car, the driver said, “Sorry, sorry, I’m Ozuna from the Braves.”

The officer reportedly smelled alcohol and observed that Ozuna’s eyes were red and watery. The officer then asked Ozuna why he was in Norcross and he replied, “The party.”

Ozuna gave the police officer his Florida driver’s license and MLB ID card that indicated him to be a member of the Atlanta Braves.

When asked about his alcohol consumption, Ozuna stated “you know, I’m fine” and then admitted to drinking “like three or four” Presidente beers.

The officer administered all three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests on Ozuna. He also attempted to obtain a breath sample but Ozuna declined saying”I can’t do that” and told the officer to take him to jail.

Believing Ozuna to be under the influence, he was placed under arrest and transported to Gwinnett County Jail.

At the jail, Ozuna said no to a blood test. The officer attempted to have Ozuna’s blood drawn anyways under the implied consent law but was told that no one was available to do it.

Ozuna was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane and booked into the jail.

The Braves organization released this statement Friday on Ozuna’s DUI arrest:

”The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all the facts pertaining to the incident. Our organization takes these matters very seriously and are obviously disappointed by the situation. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment until the process is complete.”