Atlanta Braves pitcher Lowe accused of impaired driving
Pitcher was driving the 2011 Porsche Panamera, the world's most expensive hybrid car.
Fri, Apr 29 2011 at 11:10 AM
ARRESTED: Atlanta Braves starting Pitcher Derek Lowe throws a pitch in the first inning, during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 20. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested Thursday night on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.
Lowe was observed racing another driver down Peachtree Road, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was driving a 2011 Porsche Panamera — dubbed the world's most expensive hybrid car.
A state trooper stopped Lowe, 37, in Atlanta at 10 p.m. local time, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told Reuters in an e-mail on Friday.
"The trooper detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage," Wright said.
Lowe refused to take a breath test, officials said. The state trooper administered a field sobriety test and arrested the pitcher on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and improper lane change, Wright said.
Lowe pitched the Braves' season opener against the Washington Nationals. He has two wins and three losses so far this season, with an earned run average of 3.21, according to the Atlanta Braves' Web site.
He is listed as a probable starter for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta.
(Reporting by David Beasley; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Greg McCune; Additional info MNN staff reports)
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