Less than a year removed from being the opening day third baseman on his hometown St. Louis Cardinals, David Freese was arrested on Dec. 12 for suspicion of driving under the influence (DWI).
The Cardinals prospect, acquired from the San Diego Padres in 2008 for Jim Edmonds, was named the front-runner to start third base again on opening day 2010. The arrest occurred in St. Louis county, where Freese was pulled over by Maryland Heights police near his home, it is not clear what caused caused the initial traffic stop. The team has not made any comments and it is not known whether Freese will see any repercussion from the club.
This is not the first time members of the Cardinal organization have been arrested for driving under the suspision of alchohol. In Mar. 2007, manager Tony LaRussa was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Jupiter, Florida, home of the teams spring training facility.
La Russa later plead guilty and later apologized.