- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2005

DuBose arrested on DUI charge

SARASOTA, Fla.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Eric DuBose was arrested and charged with drunken driving after sheriff’s deputies saw him driving erratically, according to documents authorities released yesterday.

A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled DuBose over about 12:55 a.m. Monday after deputies saw his truck move across the center line three times, swerve twice into a bike lane and nearly rear-end a parked car, according to charging documents.

When Deputy D. Clark approached the truck, he smelled alcohol. DuBose’s speech was slurred, he demonstrated poor balance and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and dilated, the deputy wrote in an affidavit. Clark also said DuBose, 28, refused to answer questions, but said he was coming from a restaurant called the Daiquiri Deck and that he had consumed three drinks.

“I have cotton mouth,” DuBose also said, according to the affidavit.

DuBose took a breathalyzer test that showed his blood alcohol level was .113 percent. The legal driving limit in Florida is .08.

DuBose was released early Monday on $500 bond. He is scheduled for an April 13 arraignment.

Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka declined yesterday to comment and DuBose was not available for comment.

The left-hander pitched Monday in a minor league game at the team’s complex in Sarasota.

DuBose struggled last year with the Orioles. He went 4-6 with a 6.39 ERA in 14 starts before surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow ended his season in June.

In yesterday’s spring training game, Alex Gonzalez and Toby Hall hit consecutive homers off Sidney Ponson in the third inning to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 12-0 rout of the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale.

Ponson, making his third spring start, allowed 11 hits and seven runs in four innings.

“I left the ball up in the zone a lot today,” Ponson said. “It happens. As long as it happens in spring training and not on April 4 [on Opening Day].”

— Associated Press

ORIOLES’ SCHEDULE

TODAY: vs. Red Sox at Fort Myers, 1:05 p.m.

TOMORROW: vs. Red Sox at Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

FRIDAY: vs. Nationals at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

SATURDAY: vs. Marlins at Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

SUNDAY: vs. Twins at Fort Lauderdale, 1:35 p.m.

MONDAY: vs. Marlins at Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

TUESDAY: vs. Dodgers at Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

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