- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has completed a five-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge late last month.

He was released from Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Sunday.

Werth began serving his sentence Jan. 30, one day after signing a plea agreement in Fairfax County Circuit Court that cut his original 10-day jail sentence in half. The 35-year-old was allowed to serve his sentence on the weekends in order to rehabilitate his surgically-repaired right shoulder during the week.

The reckless driving charge stemmed from a July 6 incident in which Werth was pulled over for traveling 105 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 495. He was found guilty of the charge in Fairfax County District Court, then appealed the ruling in circuit court, where a plea agreement was struck.

Werth was originally a candidate for Fairfax County’s electronic incarceration program, which would have allowed him to spend nights at home. But the court objected, ordering that he serve time in a traditional jail to insure “that Mr. Werth recognizes that conduct of this nature will not be tolerated,” according to court documents.

In addition to the five-day jail sentence, Werth was fined $200 and his driver’s license was suspended for 30 days. After that time period, he will receive a restricted operator’s license, allowing him to drive to and from work-related commitments or physical therapy.

Werth had surgery to repair an AC joint in his right shoulder Jan. 9 and is entering the fifth year of a seven-year, $126 million contract. He is due to switch from right field to left field this season.

Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fla. on Feb. 19. The team’s first full-squad workout is Feb. 26.


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