Shin-Soo Choo's DUI Arrest Included Failed Breathalyzer Over Twice Legal Limit

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VIDEO: Shin-Soo Choo's DUI Arrest

Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for a DUI earlier this week. We now have video of Choo's encounter with police, via a dashboard camera on the Cop's cruiser.

Choo was reportedly at twice the legal limit at the time of being pulled over by the officer. He has since apologized to his teammates, the organization, and the fans of the Cleveland Indians.

There has been no word yet as to whether or not the Indians will discipline Choo any further, or if MLB will step in to make sure that the organization takes any further action. But based on what we have seen from the Indians' organization, and other teams that have had to face this type of issue this season or in the past, I wouldn't expect the Indians to take any further action against Choo. But if they do, we'll be following it here in this StoryStream. Check out our Indians blog Let's Go Tribe for more information on the Indians.


Shin-Soo Choo Apologizes To Teammates After DUI Arrest

Shin-Soo Choo became the second member of the Celveland Indians to be arrested for a DUI early on Monday morning, with Austin Kearns being the other. According to Jordan Bastian of, Choo met with his teammates before Tuesday's game to apologize for his actions, in the opes that they could help put the whole event behind them.

"I want to apologize to my family and my teammates," Choo told reporters, "and to the fans and to the Indians organization. I regret that this happened."

Indians manager Manny Acta downplayed the incident, pointing out that it is a problem that many people experience that don't have the exposure of someone like a professional athlete.

"It's a universal issue," Acta said. "We're talking today about this because it's a player -- a Major League player from the Cleveland Indians. I'm sure that about 100 other people have those issues, but you guys don't care about them, or you don't have anything interesting to write about them."

To be fair, Manny, we're talking about it because we're all paid to cover the Indians, but that's besides the point. Acta also said that the Indians will not be reviewing their policies about player behavior, expecting the players to do a better job policing themselves.


Shin-Soo Choo's DUI Arrest Included Failed Breathalyzer Over Twice Legal Limit

Shin-Soo Choo's DUI arrest early Monday morning is being uncovered as more people get word of the incident the Cleveland Indians outfielder was involved in. Unfortunately, the new rumblings being uncovered paint a pretty ugly picture for a player that was voted as the Most Underrated in the MLB earlier in the day.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Choo was stopped on Lake Road (Route 6) at 2:25 a.m. when a police officer saw his car weaving on the road.

"The officer smelled alcohol on the driver's breath," Sheffield Lake Law Director David Graves told the Plain Dealer. "He performed a field sobriety test and was taken back to the police test. Police said he also failed a Breathalzyer test, registering a .20, (which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.)."

It's great that Choo didn't hurt anyone considering his blood-alcohol level, but he's lucky that he stopped alongside the road earlier in the evening so that an officer was able to follow him before anything worse happened.

Graves said the same officer talked to Choo a little earlier in the evening. Choo had stopped his car on Route 6 and told the officer that he was trying to find his way to his home in Avon Lake. The officer followed Choo when he drove off, and pulled him over when he noticed the car weaving.

Regardless, it does sound like Choo will be in the starting lineup Tuesday evening.


Shin-Soo Choo Charged With DUI Early Monday

Shin-Soo Choo was charged with a DUI early Monday morning after the Cleveland Indians outfielder was arrested in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. Choo is with the team, however, and expects to be in uniform Tuesday evening as the Indians open their series against the Oakland Athletics.

"We are aware of the incident with Shin-Soo Choo and have spoken to him about it," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously and we are disappointed in the matter.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment at this time."

Choo, 28, is the second Indians player to be arrested for a DUI this year as Austin Kearns was arrested in February on similar charges. It seems that this is almost a growing trend in baseball as Derek Lowe, Coco Crisp, Miguel Cabrera and Adam Kennedy have also been arrested for driving under the influence this season.

Choo was the only American League player to hit .300 with at least 20 homers and 20 steals last season and earlier Tuesday was voted as the most underrated player in baseball by the rest of the MLB in a poll done by Sports Illustrated.

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