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Aroldis Chapman arrested in Ohio for driving 93 mph on suspended license

May 21, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

Aroldis Chapman mugshot

One day after officially being named the Reds’ closer, Aroldis Chapman is in some hot water.

According to NBC affiliate WLTW, Chapman was arrested in Ohio early Monday morning after speeding while driving with a suspended license.

Chapman was pulled over after being clocked at 93 mph in his 2010 Mercedes S63. That probably doesn’t seem very fast to him since his average fastball checks in at 96.7 mph this season, but most normal people consider that excessive and reckless. The Cuban left-hander was arrested after the officer saw he was driving with a suspended Kentucky driver’s license. There was no mention of alcohol in the report.

Chapman was formally charged cited for speeding and driving under suspension. He was released on bond and is expected to appear in court on June 6.

The Reds haven’t issued a statement on the matter and it’s not clear if he’ll face any punishment from the team.

  1. mississippimusicman - May 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I’m so disappointed. I was expecting a picture of Sammy Hagar to accompany this post, but alas, it seems DJ has played this one straight.

    • aceshigh11 - May 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Rest assured that Mr. Calcaterra would’ve posted a vintage Red Rocker photo in his yellow jumpsuit circa 1984 had he been on blogging duty when the story came over the wires.

      Craig’s always good for a bit of cheesy ’80s kitsch.

    • istillbelieveinblue - May 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Sammy tells a hilarious story in his autobiography “Red” about being pulled him over for speeding. The California State Trooper showed him the RADAR gun, and it read “5555”. On on a related note, I saw Sammy open for Kid Rock in Detroit last fall, and the Red Rocker can still bring it.

  2. contraryguy - May 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    That might be ‘WLWT’ if you’re looking for the Cinci NBC TV station.

    As for the rest… the team got back to Cinci Sunday night, and Chapman is arrested a few hours later in GC, 100 miles from Cinci? Whatchoo out doin’, Aroldis?

  3. idolized1 - May 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    “Mr. Chapman, I will be determining your community service hours by averaging the speed of a major league pitchers fastball and whatever the end number is, will be your required hours. Does this sound fair to you ?”

    “Yes your honor, but could I request that the pitcher is Jaime Moyer?”

    “Touche Mr. Chapman.”

  4. johnnyb1976 - May 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Big deal who hasn’t wanted to drive a Mercedes 100MPH. He didn’t hurt anybody and he will get a slap on the wrist he won’t make that mistake again.

    • istillbelieveinblue - May 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      The speed limit varies in the tri-state area, so I don’t know exactly how much he was speeding, but in Indiana the speed limit on most interstates is 70. I frequently drive from Indy to Cincinnati on I-74, and the speed limit drops to 65 when you cross the border. So, he may have been driving nearly 30 MPH over the speed limit on a suspended license. The Reds may just slap him on the wrist, but Ohio might do much more. I’m definitely interested why his license was suspended in the first place.

    • thefalcon123 - May 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      “Big deal who hasn’t wanted to drive a Mercedes 100MPH.”

      People who aren’t spectacular assholes, that’s who.

      • istillbelieveinblue - May 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        I would love to drive a Mercedes at 100MPH, just not on a public road. :)

      • johnnyb1976 - May 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        Youve never rode with the flow of traffic on your local interstate highway if you have youre easily doing 75 – 85 MPH depending on the speed limit. anyone who says they dont is a liar and a hypocrite. So for you to sit here and act like its the most horrible thing ever done is a joke.

  5. ronswansonsdinner - May 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    He still pitches faster than he drives.

    • CJ - May 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      I think that should be the new speed limit. If you’re still driving slower than your fastball on the highway, it should be legal.

    • florida727 - May 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      “The Reds haven’t issued a statement on the matter and it’s not clear if he’ll face any punishment from the team.”


      Hello? McFly? He’s their CLOSER. Of course there will be no punishment from the team.

  6. Old Gator - May 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Now try to imagine a million of him on the local roads and you have some idea of what it’s like driving in Macondo on a normal day.

  7. vallewho - May 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM


  8. dwrek5 - May 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Do you know who I am?

    • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      “Sabes quien soy?”

  9. aceshigh11 - May 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Was he trying to drive as fast as his own fastball??

    Jesus, these entitled, rich guys…GROW UP.

  10. randygnyc - May 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    How does he have a suspended license already? He’s been in this country for 5 minutes.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      5 minutes, 2+ years…same same

    • Old Gator - May 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      Many Cubans arrive here that way, usually in worn-down tires. Ever heard of wet foot, dry foot? If they make it to the beach, they are paroled into the country and granted suspended licenses because the tires they floated in on are showing thread.

    • hasbeen5 - May 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Exactly my first thought.

  11. cur68 - May 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Somehow, this will all be Dusty Baker’s fault. Dang you Dusty Baker! Dang you to heck!

    • wlschneider09 - May 22, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      Metalhead, paging Mr. Metalhead…..

    • bobcat069 - May 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      It was definitely Dusty’s fault. He should have been starting against the Yankees, not closing. Had he pitched more than one inning, he would not have had the energy to drive 2 hours to Columbus. How is it not Dusty’s fault

      • cur68 - May 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Was he driving that Merc for Aroldis? Dusty’s Aroldis’s daddy? Tells him what to do in his spare time? Get a grip, bro.

  12. mikeincmn - May 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    People are really trying to defend this?

    Sure, i would love to drive a mercedes at 100 mph, but at least i would respect human life enough to do it on a race track or something.

    I dont give a crap how rich you are, have some respect for the humanity around you.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      First, 93 mph at 12:42 am on a Monday on an Ohio interstate is not that obscenely or dangerously fast. There are plenty of interstates between the mountain ranges of this country on which all traffic moves about 85 mph (the speed limits being 75 mph).

      Second, in that context, it is likely that no one’s life (besides his own, perhaps) was in any more danger than if he was going a more typical speed of 70ish on such a road.

      Did you hear that up on your high horse or do I need to say it louder?

      • hasbeen5 - May 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        Was it a bad idea? Probably. But at least he did it on an interstate, and not trying to weave through traffic on an urban highway where more traffic and lower speeds are likely. The speed limit is typically 70-75 o an interstate, but the design speed (speed at which the road can safely be traveled) is higher, probably at least 90. Couple that with a high performance car, the speed itself wasn’t inherently dangerous. Now, if there was even moderately heavy traffic present, it’s obviously a different story.

        But hey, maybe he’ll be unavailable against the Braves tonight.

      • istillbelieveinblue - May 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        30MPH over the speed limit is endangering the lives of others. Even if traffic is light that early in the morning. I certainly don’t drive exactly the speed limit, but 30MPH is reckless, and I’m willing to bet the local prosecutor agrees with me. I think YOU need to get off your high horse.

      • kkolchak - May 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Yeah, it’s all fun and games until he loses control and slams into the family in the minivan. It might be a tad less reckless to do it late at night, but it is still reckless and inexcusable.

      • seattlej - May 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Driving an old, beat-up Bronco II on a windy, bumpy country road that’s riddled with frost heaves at 93 is dangerous. Driving a car that’s engineered for high speeds and that is probably equipped with some very nice tires on an interstate at 93 is probably little more dangerous than driving a minivan, or your average family jalopy at 75-80, which is a prefetch standard speed on most interstates. Not. A. Big. Deal.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        Actually, driving that Mercedes 93 on the highway is probably far safer (assuming equal and sufficient driver skill) than driving a minivan 70 on the same highway.

        Surface and vehicle are important in determining risk.

      • rich7041 - May 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        How about a little math for the sabremetricians…
        93 mph = 136 feet per second. The reaction time for the average driver (from perceiving a hazard to reacting) is about 1.5 seconds. For a trained athlete, let’s say he’s quicker to the brake, at about 1.25 seconds. That means that if a deer jumps into the highway ahead, by the time Chapman perceives the threat and reacts, he has already travelled about 170 feet. That doesn’t include the distance travelled after his foot hits the brake; at 93 mph, that’s about another 413 feet. So at 93 mph, on a dry road, his car will have travelled 583 feet before coming to a full stop. That’s assuming there is no impact, which would obviously shorten the distance. This is very simplified and doesn’t account for alot of factors: road condition, vehicle & tire conditions, driver’s skill & fatigue, etc.

  13. dannythebisforbeast - May 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Why does he have a Kentucky license?

    • hfspodcast - May 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      Because Cincinnati is on the Ohio border with KY, so many of our professional players live in northern KY in a high rise that is literally across the river from the stadium.

      • JB (the original) - May 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Out of curiosity, is there much of a taxation rate difference between Ohio and Kentucky?

      • hfspodcast - May 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        Its actually interesting, I worked in KY but lived in Ohio and the tax rates in KY were actually higher than ohio. I don’t know the exact number sadly but its not much of a difference in either direction.

  14. broomehandle - May 22, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Thats not even fast, I’m from Canada and thats slow driving in Quebec.

    • skeleteeth - May 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      MPH. Not kilometers, eh.

  15. jfk69 - May 22, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Mr Chapmans lawyer stated. On the bright side… no illegal drugs were found and he was sober as a judge.
    When asked..Chapman responded…Baseball has been berry berry good to me. The police,not so much.

  16. jfk69 - May 22, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    I await the day some bright lawyer sues the car companies for making and running ads about cars for the public that do 0 to 60 in x seconds with 300 hp and a top speed of 160 MPH while showing them zooming around a race track or in a simulated driving experience on a public road.
    ADS ADS ADS and more facebook.
    Can i get more COWBELL PLEASE!

  17. seanb20124 - May 22, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    Hey Broomhandle it was MPH not KPH.


  18. natsattack - May 22, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    I trying to come up with a good joke about him driving slower than this, but I got nothing.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      I’ll try.

      Chapman can only drive at top speeds when he hasn’t driven the day before. If he drives on back to back days he looses several MPH and is all over the road.

  19. mybrunoblog - May 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Chapman was probably ecstatic after being released by the Police.
    Unlike Cuba, the cops didn’t threaten him, beat him, Steal his money or take his car with no hope of getting it back.
    Didn’t Manny say to Tony ” it’s not like Cuba the jails here are like country clubs”

  20. unlost1 - May 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    shoulda let Jesus take the wheel

    • mississippimusicman - May 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Darn it, they don’t have anyone named Jesus on the roster this year. Why can’t reality bend itself around my potential punchlines?

  21. bbil2012 - May 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    The Reds need to hook him up with Brandon Jacobs and the guys from New Jersey.

  22. Loose Changeup - May 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    What’s the speed limit in Andorra? Do they have an Autobahn there?

    • gcbball3 - May 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Hey chappy while you were in grove city for your photoshoot, pics look great by the way you should have stopped into roosters and grabbed some chow, signed your own pick on the wall and it’s right next to the 71 south exit you coulda chowed down and hopped right back on e freeway but noooooo

  23. stairwayto7 - May 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    deportation or 10 game suspension!

  24. jm91rs - May 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    No Big Deal. He should have his license suspended, cars impounded for awhile, etc. He should be forced to hire a driver. But jail time when DUI offenders get out after 10 DUIs would be wrong.

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