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The cops who arrested Miguel Cabrera made the prosecutor’s job more difficult

Mar 11, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera mugshot

When you have a nearly blind-drunk guy taking swigs from a bottle of scotch while sitting in his car mere minutes after threatening to blow up a bar for not serving him and then swerving all over the road, you probably have a pretty strong DUI case.  So you could understand why the prosecutor in the Miguel Cabrera case may get a little mad about the behavior of his star witnesses.

Seems that the arresting officers were joking with one another about their celebrity suspect, comparing him to members of K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Molly Hatchet in terms of big names they’ve arrested.  Oh, and in the midst of all of this jocularity, they neglected to get dashboard video of their interaction with Cabrera and their arrest.

Without a breath test, the testimony of the officers is critical to establish Cabrera’s drunkenness. With all of the joking around, the officers’ credibility is taken down a peg. Without dashboard video, there is nothing to corroborate the officers’ word.

It’s probably not enough to let Cabrera walk or anything — indeed, the likelihood of him pleading out to get this behind him is pretty high — but it’s this sort of thing that makes prosecuting attorneys pull their hair out.

(thanks to Karen S. for the heads up)

  1. hep3 - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Did the cops at least get an autograph?

  2. BC - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Holy bleep did these guys blow it. And why the heck was there no dashboard cam? I thought that was pretty much standard these days?
    Community service, license suspension, court-ordering counseling and a fine.
    If that’s you or me, we’re in jail for 1 to 3 years. Sickening.

    • hackerjay - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      As far as I know, that’s Miggy’s first DUI. I don;t know where you live but around here you would never do jail time for a first offense. You lose you licence for a year and pay a fine.

      • BC - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        In CT, it’s (I believe) a six month license suspension, a fine, and mandatory counseling. That, plus considerations for whatever personal or property damage you cause, obviously.
        I wasn’t thinking Cabrera would do jail time for the DUI. I’d figure that walking into a bar and threatening to kill people and blow up the bar would mean some time in the hoosecow. That, and throw resisting arrest on top of that (which is going to be impossible to get a conviction on given these bonehead cops), and you’re looking at a year in jail, I’d guess.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        In addition to what BC said, this isn’t the first time he’s had alcohol-related legal issues, which I’m sure would come into play.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Just make him play in Perg…er…Pittsburgh for a few years.

    That’ll straighten him right up.

    • scapistron - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      You really want him and Big Ben hanging out together?

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