MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) Brewers’ ace Yovani Gallardo apologized to his family, fans, teammates, and the Milwaukee organization yesterday after he got ticketed for first-time drunk driving.
Another motorist called sheriff’s deputies after seeing Gallardo’s pick-up truck driving slowly and making erratic lane changes. That was around 2:10 a-m yesterday on Interstate-94 near the ballpark.
Gallardo told the arresting officer he was drinking beer at a bar in Wauwatosa with Brewers’ fans. His preliminary blood alcohol level was point-22, almost three times the limit of point-zero-eight. He was also cited for unsafe lane deviation.
The 27-year-old Gallardo said he made a bad decision. Manager Ron Roenicke said he was glad nobody got hurt. The skipper was the bench coach with the Angels in 2009 when their pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver. And Roenicke said he mentioned that to Gallardo.
During the Brewers’ T-V game broadcast last night, assistant general manager Gord Ash said Gallardo would likely make his next start tomorrow afternoon. Under the collective bargaining agreement, players charged with drunk driving are referred to a treatment board, and they can be fined for breaking team rules. The Brewers have a two a-m curfew, so Gallardo could be fined for being out after that. Ash said any team punishment would be done privately.