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Johnny Damon, ex Boston Red Sox star, arrested in Florida

Johnny Damon was arrested in Florida for DUI.

Chris Cotillo


Former Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon was arrested for driving under the influence in Florida early Friday morning, according to TMZ. TMZ reports that Damon’s blood alcohol limit was .30 — more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Damon, 47, was pulled over by the Windermere Police Dept. at around 1:23 a.m. after police officers witnessed his SUV swerving. He was arrested on multiple charges, including DUI and resisting arrest without violence, and his wife, Michelle, was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

Damon, who went to high school in the Orlando area and now lives there with his family, retired in 2012 after playing 18 major-league seasons with the Royals (1995-2000), Athletics (2001), Red Sox (2002-2005), Yankees (2006-2009), Tigers (2010), Rays (2011) and Indians (2012). During his four-year stretch with the Red Sox, the outfielder was a two-time All-Star who helped the club break an 86-year championship drought by winning the 2004 World Series. Since retiring, he has appeared on a few different TV shows, including “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

From the Associated Press:

WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) — Former All-Star baseball player Johnny Damon was arrested Friday in central Florida on a charge of resisting an officer after he was pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to court and jail records.

Damon, 47, was booked into the Orange County Jail early Friday after an incident in Windermere, Florida, a wealthy suburb of Orlando popular with professional athletes. He is charged with resisting an officer without violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

An online court docket did not list an attorney listed for Damon who could comment.

Jail records show that Damon’s wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, also was arrested.

Damon, who grew up in Orlando, was a two-time All-Star outfielder who played for seven Major League Baseball teams from 1995 to 2012. He was a key member of the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox team that broke the franchise’s 86-year title drought. He later signed with Boston’s hated rivals, the New York Yankees, and helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series


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