Derek Lowe, 37, the baseball pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox for 8 years, was arrested this past week on Drunk Driving Charges. He has been charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stay in Marked Lanes.
Now playing for the Braves, Derek Lowe was arrested by police in Atlanta where he now plays for the Braves. Initial reports indicate that Lowe was pulled over for possibly racing another car. The police officer who pulled him over reported that he "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" and asked him to perform Field Sobriety Tests. Derek Lowe did refuse, however, to submit to an Alcohol Breath Test.
In his 8 seasons playing for the Boston Red Sox, Derek Lowe had a record of 70-55, along with 85 saves and an ERA of 3.72.
DUI / OUI in Massachusetts carries a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections, along with fines/fees of up to $5,000, and suspension of your Massachusetts Driver's License for 1 year.
Because Massachusetts Drunk Driving Laws presume an 'Alternative Disposition' for first-time offenders, persons charged with OUI / DUI should strongly consider taking their OUI case to trial and fighting the drunk driving charges. This is so because, even upon a disposition, such as Continuance Without a Finding, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles still considers this as the equivalent as a conviction or Guilty plea.