MLB manager Tony La Russa charged with DUI in Phoenix incident

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 22:05:19-05

PHOENIX — Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa has been charged with DUI in connection to a Phoenix incident that happened in February, according to court documents.

According to ESPN, the former Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Operator crashed into a curb late in the evening and was found by a peace officer standing next to it.

According to records filed by DPS, obtained by ESPN, La Russa said he was coming from dinner with friends from the Los Angeles Angels when he had a tire blow out.

The officer allegedly noticed a smell of alcohol and had La Russa perform a field sobriety test. La Russa reportedly denied using a breathalyzer and the officer obtained a warrant to draw blood to check his blood alcohol level.

Court documents show the DUI registered a B.A.C. of .08 or more, but the exact level was not listed.

La Russa also pled guilty to DUI after a 2007 incident in Florida where he was found asleep at a traffic light near the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training facility. He is now the manager of the Chicago White Sox, who declined to comment on the most recent incident.