Retired MLB player Johnny Damon was arrested in Florida on Friday, February 19, on charges including driving under the influence.
It is being reported that the former Yankee was booked at the Windermere Jail early in the morning and held on $1,000 bond after officers noticed his SUV swerving all over the road. His blood alcohol level was reportedly 0.3 percent — nearly four times the legal limit.
“As I observed Damon, he was extremely unsteady on his feet and his speech was extremely slurred,” an officer said in an affidavit. “I detected the odor of alcoholic impurities coming from his person as we stood at the rear of his vehicle… I asked Damon how much he had to drink during the evening, and he stated ‘just a little bit.’ While motioning with his left hand and fingers in a small pinching motion.”
In addition to the DUI charge, he faces one count of resisting a police officer without violence. His wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, was also arrested at the scene. She faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.
The officer ordered Damon to stand in front of his police car and for his wife to stay inside of their car while he waited for a second officer to arrive. According to the arrest report, Michelle got out of the car anyway and stated that “she didn’t need to listen” to the officer.
“I attempted to pull Michelle toward me so that I could put her against the vehicle and then order Johnny back to the front of my car; however, Michelle then proceeded to turn toward me and grab onto my left arm while simultaneously pulling away from me and pushing me,” the arresting officer said, adding that “resulted in Michelle breaking away from me and she began to walk away.” A second officer took her into custody once arriving onto the scene.
Michelle “complained of sharp chest pains” after they were taken to jail and was subsequently transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
The star outfielder played in the majors for 18 years, first with the Kansas City Royals. The franchise drafted him in the first round of the 1992 draft. Damon won two World Series throughout his career, with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and with the New York Yankees in 2009. He eventually retired from baseball in 2012 at the age of 38.