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Brewers' pitcher charged with drunk driving

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was recently arrested on drunk driving charges. According to authorities, Gallardo was seen weaving between lanes and driving very slowly (about 40 mph in a 55 mph speed limit zone). He was stopped just after 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The Brewers were idle on Monday.

Authorities also reported that Gallardo was very cooperative and submitted to field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed. The arrest report also indicated that he had slurred speech, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol; all of which are common indicators of intoxication.

Gallardo reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .22 at the time of his arrest. Under Wisconsin law, he faces at least $300 in fines for the DUI and another $300 for any moving violations (stemming from driving too slow and weaving). However, if the same incident occurred in Arizona, the penalties would be much more severe. He would be charged with Super Extreme DUI, which is reserved for offenders with a BAC of .20 or more.

The penalties would include a $500 fine, a hefty surcharge, as well as assessments that would be paid to the state DUI abatement and prison funds. Offenders also may lose their license for a period of time and be required to install an ignition interlock device when they are able to drive again. Offenders may also be required to have an alcohol dependency assessment and attend victim impact panels (groups of people who have had loved ones killed by drunk drivers).

If you have been charged with drunk driving in Arizona or any other state that has reciprocity with Arizona, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: LA Times.com, Yovani Gallardo is arrested on drunk driving charges, April 16, 2013

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