Braves' Marcell Ozuna Arrested on DUI Charge

Adam WellsAugust 19, 2022

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested early Friday morning on a DUI charge.

Per Jennifer Lifsey of CBS 46 in Atlanta, Ozuna was booked into Gwinnett County Jail at 4:39 a.m. local time after Norcross Police arrested him on charges of DUI and failure to maintain lane.

The Braves said in a statement they are "aware of Marcell Ozuna's arrest" and are "still gathering all the facts pertaining to the incident."

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This marks the second time in 15 months that Ozuna has been arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and battery against his then-wife after being taken into custody by the Sandy Springs Police Department.

In their official report, Sandy Springs police noted they witnessed Ozuna "grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing her against a wall" upon entering the residence.

Police video obtained by TMZ Sports in December showed Ozuna with his hand "aggressively wrapped around his wife's neck" moments before he was arrested.

Per the booking report obtained by TMZ, cops said Ozuna's wife told them he threatened to kill her during a dispute "over an infidelity."

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis declined to bring felony charges against Ozuna. He was instead charged with battery and simple assault, both misdemeanors.

In September, Ozuna agreed to enter a diversion program in order to get the charges dropped if he adhered to the conditions of a negotiated settlement and successfully completed the program.

The charges against Ozuna were dropped by prosecutors in April. He was retroactively suspended 20 games without pay by Major League Baseball in November for violating the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Ozuna has appeared in 107 games for the Braves this season. The 31-year-old is in his third season with the team after previously playing for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.


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