Spring Training is a lot of fun for the fans, but it’s serious business for the players. Unfortunately, Red Sox picthing prospect Drake Britton had a little too much fun and is facing a driving under the influence charge, according to the Bleacher Report.
It all happened just before 5:00 a.m. Incident reports indicate that Britton was driving a pickup truck and traveling more than 110 miles per hour in an area with a 45 mile per hour speed limit. The prospective pitcher was being pursued by an officer when he veered between two moving vehicles, hopped over a curb and slammed into a fence. He continued down a dirt road where he finally came to a stop. When asked for his driver’s license, Britton handed over his debit card, according to ESPN Boston.
Our Boston drunk driving accident lawyers understand that the Red Sox prospect refused a breath test, but the officer noted bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. He was arrested and booked for driving under the influence. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, this is the team’s second DUI incident in the last 2 years. Last Spring, Bobby Jenks was arrested on similar charges.
“Fortunately in this case, there was no one injured. But the bottom line is, it’s a very serious issue with us,” said manager John Farrell.
According to The Century Council, there were more than 110 people killed in alcohol-related car accidents in Massachusetts in 2010. Of these accidents, only about 20 percent of them reported a BAC between .08 and .14 percent. The rest of the fatalities involved an accident with a driver with a BAC of .15 percent or higher.
Drunk driving is a very serious problem and it comes with serious consequences. Not only do these irresponsible drivers run the risk of killing themselves or killing another traveler in an accident, but they face jail time, license revocation and some costly fines and fees.
In Massachusetts, you’re going to get your license taken away for 180 days if you refuse to take a breathalyzer. If you’re busted for drunk driving, you face jail time up to 30 months. You’re also looking at fines between $500 and $5,000. You also have to dish out $25 for an assessment and $50 for the DUI Victim Trust Fund. You can have your license suspended for a year and you could be assigned to complete a treatment program.
Drunk driving car accidents are completely preventable and the risks just aren’t worth it. Save a life, save some lives and stay out of jail by driving responsibly and driving sober each and every time. It’s just not worth it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in the Greater Boston area, contact the car accident attorneys at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, LLC for a free consultation. Call (617) 777-7777.
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