Reckless driving charges against Dodgers' Puig dropped

Reckless driving charges against Dodgers' Puig dropped
January 28, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Yasiel Puig hit .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI over 104 games as a rookie for the Dodgers last season.

NAPLES, Fla. -- Prosecutors have dropped a reckless driving charge against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

The state attorney's office in southwest Florida dropped the charge Tuesday. A memo from prosecutors explained that excessive speed wasn't sufficient to prosecute the case without other aggravating factors, such as weaving in and out of traffic, losing control of the vehicle or causing other motorists to brake or swerve.

The 23-year-old Cuban defector was arrested Dec. 28 at the western end of Alligator Alley near Naples after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper reported clocking him at 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.

[RELATED: Puig asks trooper to let him go]

In April last year, Puig was clocked going 97 in a 50 mph zone in Tennessee, though those charges were later dismissed.

After multiple speeding offenses in an eight-month span, Puig has a solution; he hired his cousin to drive him around.

[RELATED: Puig's plan to avoid arrest]

Puig hit .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI over 104 games as a rookie for the Dodgers last season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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