Derek Lowe Arrested Wednesday Night for DUI

Chris WilkesContributor IIApril 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 31:  Starting pitcher Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves waits to pitch to a Washington Nationals batter during the third inning at Nationals Park on March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Braves right-handed starter Derek Lowe was arrested under suspicion for driving under the influence Wednesday night.

Lowe was stopped around 10 pm by State Patrol on Peachtree Road at Ronson Road in Atlanta. After smelling a strong alcoholic odor, the officer conducted a field sobriety test; Lowe, however, refused to take the state-administered alcohol test.

Lowe also received additional charges of reckless driving and failure to maintain lanes while allegedly racing another car according to Atlanta Law Enforcement.

Lowe's Porsche was impounded and he was booked in the Atlanta City Jail.  

The news comes at a bad time for Atlanta, who already has been plagued with bad press regarding the homophobic comments of pitching coach Roger McDowell.

The Braves Organization has announced the situation would be assessed later today. 

He was released early this morning after posting bail of $2,944.

CBS Atlanta News has released this video of Lowe exiting the Jail early this morning: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/local-video/index.html?grabnetworks_video_id=4668722

 

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