Detroit Tigers: Odd Facts About Miguel Cabrera's DUI Arrest Leak

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIFebruary 17, 2011

DETROIT - MARCH 31:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout against the Kansas City Royals during their game on Opening Day on March 31, 2008 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Royals won 5-4 in 11 innings.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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News this morning in the baseball world is about Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera getting arrested on DUI charges late last night in Fort Pierce, Fla.

After a night of partying, Cabrera was supposedly headed home totally wasted when his car was acting up and he pulled over to the side of the road.

A St. Lucie County Sheriff Department officer spotted Cabrera’s car on the side of the road with smoke coming from the engine and pulled up beside him to help the stranded motorist.

Upon making contact with Cabrera, the police officer asked who he was.

This is when it gets great.

Instead of identifying himself, the obviously drunk Cabrera is quoted as saying, “I’m going to (expletive) kill him.”

Not something you want to say while a cop is at your window. And definitely not something you want to say when there was NO ONE else accompanying Cabrera in his 2005 Land Rover.

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In true maniac fashion, Cabrera then began to rummage through his back seat until he pulled out a bottle of what the officer said was scotch. It’s now known that Miguel actually pulled out a bottle of pretty expensive James Buchanan aged scotch.


Cabrera remained in his vehicle until the cop asked him to get out while calling for backup.

While out of his car, the officer reported that Cabrera also “kept running out in the road with his hands up.”

Immediately the officer handcuffed Cabrera seeing him as a threat and a safety hazard, and while doing so, Cabrera had the audacity to exclaim to the cop, “Do you know who I am? You don’t know anything about my problems.”

What a guy, huh? He first is completely annihilated, then drives while wasted, then pulls the “do you know who I am?” card as if the officer will just give him a slap him on the wrist because he’s an athlete.

Up against a cop car while being incarcerated, Cabrera continued to act up and when an officer asked him to enter the back of his cop car, Cabrera said, “(Expletive) you.”

He then pushed off the cop’s vehicle into another deputy who then “delivered a 3-4 knee spike” into Cabrera’s left thigh.

This is where it gets odd and confusing all in one.

I don’t know too much cop lingo, but what exactly is a “3-4 knee spike”?

A quick Google search brought up this. I doubt any cop had a shoe like this handy and then hit Cabrera in the thigh with one.

Miguel Cabrera’s crazy night ended with a trip to the St. Lucie County Jail where he was charged with DUI and an additional two counts of misdemeanor resisting arrest without violence.

Cabrera had his head straight enough to refuse to take a breathalyzer test, but ESPN reports that his BAC was as high as .24.

The officer’s who all reported that Cabrera’s attitude was belligerent, cocky and combative admitted Cabrera into jail early this morning, but was then released at about 7:40 a.m. on a $1,350 bond.

Tigers GM David Dombrowski will have a busy day ahead of him while he tries to sort this all out and also address his team and the media, so expect further updates as the day goes on.

To see the Treasure Coast Daily News report where all the quotes were taken from, click here.

To see the ESPN report, click here.

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