Former Boston Red Sox outfielder, Johnny Damon has been jailed in Central Florida on multiple charges, including one count of driving under the influence.
According to Orange County Jail records, 47-year-old Damon was arrested by Windermere police and booked on charges of DUI and resisting an officer without violence. According to the police report, officers observed Damon’s sport utility vehicle swerving all over the road just after 1 a.m.
Damon was slurring his speech and was unsteady on his feet, officials said. He told officers he had “just a little bit” to drink, according to the report.
Damon’s wife, Michelle, who was also in the vehicle, was arrested on charges of battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
According to police Johnny Damon’s blood-alcohol level was .30, nearly FOUR TIMES the legal limit. They also said Damon’s wife was in the car at the time of the arrest and describe her as being completely out of control. The police said say Michelle Mangan-Damon was uncooperative, combative and at one point, she actually pushed a police officer.
According to the arresting officer:
“As I observed Damon, he was extremely unsteady on his feet and his speech was extremely slurred,” the officer said. “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.”
The affidavit said Mangan-Damon, 45, then “disobeyed” the officer’s “commands to stay in the vehicle, stepping out and stating that she didn’t need to listen” to him.
“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 officer said. “As she was doing this, Johnny was also intertwined among Michelle and I, which resulted in Michelle breaking away from me and she began to walk away.”
After a second officer arrived at the scene, the first attempted to put Damon in handcuffs, but he “was tensing his left arm and moving it away toward his waist,” according to the affidavit. The second officer, meanwhile, managed to successfully handcuff Mangan-Damon.
Damon told police that he was “a good f–king guy” and stated that he was willing to perform field sobriety tests because he was “a big boy,” per the document.
Damon was a wildly popular member of the 2004 World Championship Red Sox team, but fell from grace after leaving to join the hated rival New York Yankees.
UPDATE: Police report says Johnny Damon's blood-alcohol level was .30, nearly four times the legal limit at time of DUI arrest.https://t.co/jTabi6xerr
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