Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who won 33 games over the last two seasons with the team, was arrested Tuesday morning for driving under the influence.
According to ESPN, the 27-year-old pitcher was pulled over in Wisconsin around 2 am after he was spotted driving erratically on Interstate 94 near South 76th Street.
Authorities say a breath test administered on the athlete revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, and the reading was matched by a second breath test taken after he was in custody.
Following his Gallardo’s arrest, Brewers officials released a statement which read:
“We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions.”
Gallardo released an apology statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the incident:
“I just want to apologize to the fans, my teammates, my family,” Gallardo said in a brief media session on the field at Miller Park. “It’s just a bad call. It’s something I shouldn’t have done. I regret it. But at this point there’s nothing I can do about it now. It happened.
“I just want to apologize to the whole organization and all of the people in Milwaukee for my actions.”
A native of Mexico and a six-year veteran, Gallardo was drafted by the Brewers in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft and has spent his entire career with the team.
His best season came in 2011 when he went 17-10 with 207 strikeouts, a 1.22 WHIP and 3.52 ERA – all of which were career bests.
As a result of the DUI arrest, Gallardo will receive a $300 citation for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, another $300 fine because the level of intoxication was so high, and $178.80 for lane deviation.