SAN DIEGO — Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who cried while apologizing last year for taking a banned substance that led to a 50-game suspension, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.
Cabrera was arrested early Wednesday after the CHP dispatch center was notified of a possible DUI driver by the U.S. Border Patrol at a checkpoint in Dulzura, some 25 miles southeast of downtown San Diego. The CHP said Cabrera was determined to be under the influence of marijuana.
After being taken to the CHP El Cajon Area Office, he was not showing signs of still being under the influence of marijuana and was cited and released to the custody of his mother-in-law, the CHP said.
“Mr. Cabrera was cooperative with the CHP Officers. Charges against Mr. Cabrera for DUI will be requested,” a press release said.
Cabrera is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a hamstring injury. He did not make the trip to Colorado for this weekend’s series but is expected to join the club for a series at the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday, when he is to be re-evaluated. Cabrera was hitting .232 with three homers, 20 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
His agent, Scott Boras, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cabrera was suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for his relationship with the Biogenesis of America scandal. Cabrera, who was San Diego’s only All-Star in 2013, was leading the NL with 37 stolen bases when his suspension began.
During a news conference on Aug. 5, 2013, he struggled to control his emotions after admitting he took a banned substance.
“My situation I have right now … I’m very sorry with all my fans in San Diego with this situation,” he said. “I’m very sorry with my organization. I’m very sorry with all my teammates, and I’m very sorry about this situation I have right now. It’s a tough situation for me. It’s a tough situation for the organization, and I’m making all my responsibility is just me.”
The suspension cost Cabrera $348,361 of his $1,275,000 salary.
He’s making $2.45 million this year.
The Padres said in a statement that they were aware of Cabrera’s arrest and were in touch with MLB.
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