A Dodger was arrested after a chase that led police through the streets of West Sacramento, and police say it wasn’t the first time the ballplayer ran from the cops.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Sellers was arrested after the short chase near his home on Saturday. Police said they had gotten calls in the past about the player driving recklessly on his off-road motorcycle in a neighborhood that has kids in it. But every time the police tried to catch Sellers, he took off and ran away, CBS Sacramento noted.
“There’s probably been three other times that we’ve chased him,” said West Sacramento Police Department Lt. Tod Sockman.
This time, though, there was an office nearby when police got a call about Sellers doing wheelies in the neighborhood. He got on his motorcycle and took off, but police were able to apprehend him shortly afterward.
The Dodger arrested after the chase was lucky his ordeal didn’t end worse than it did, a neighbor said.
“It’s not a good place to be speeding,” said one resident. “Very lucky he didn’t kill somebody.”
Behind proven infielders Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, and Skip Schumaker, Sellers was not expected to start the 2013 season in the major leagues, the Los Angeles Daily News noted. Last season, he hit .205 with one home run and two RBIs in 19 games but ended his season May 14 after sprawling into the seats to catch a foul ball at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodger arrested after the chase has at least one more hassle to deal with once he’s bailed out of jail. Police impounded his motorcycle.