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Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig arrested in Tennessee

Apr 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Kevin Baxter of the L.A. Times has the details:

Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested by police in Chattanooga, Tenn., early Sunday and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance.

A spokesman for the Hamilton County jail confirmed that Puig was booked Sunday morning and released a short time later. He has a hearing scheduled for the afternoon of May 14 in Hamilton County court.

Puig, rated the #47 overall prospect by Baseball America going into the season, was hitting .333 with a 1.010 OPS in 52 plate appearances with Double-A Chattanooga. The Dodgers signed the 22-year-old Cuban on June 27 last year on a seven-year, $42 million contract. Puig seemed to be on the fast track to the Majors. His arrest this morning is his first bump in the road.

  1. vallewho - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    This guy is on a roll…..

    • garya264 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Only in Tenn does a young black kid get arrested for speeding & reckless driving, lets get him out of the hicks and up to the big city.

      • bigharold - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        Not so fast,… pun intended.

        In Virgina going more than 80 MPH will get you the same tickets, speeding and reckless driving, for which they arrest you on the spot.

        Apparently, law enforcement in the South has had it with good ol’boys using the Interstates to live out their NASCAR fantasies.

      • louhudson23 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:23 AM

        Many states hae an automatic reckless driving charge to accompany a speeding violation in a particular excess of speed limit.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Garya:
        Yep. You hit it on the head. Tennessee is the ONLY state that enforces speed limits, responsible driving and car insurance. And when you are young person (and a person of color at that)…you better look out. It’s Mississippi burning all over again.

        *s/

      • jwcasper - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        I agree definitely get him out of Tennessee

    • jwcasper - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Give the guy a break! No one out there ever get a speeding ticket?
      Come people!

  2. yahmule - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    They should bring him up to Los Angeles so they can keep an eye on him and have a right fielder who can hit.

    • xavier46 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      I’m just going to venture a guess that there is far more opportunity to get in trouble in LA than in Chattanooga.

      I’m not sure how keeping an eye on him prevents him from driving/speeding.

      Pretty sure he’ll be just fine!

  3. sabatimus - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    At least he didn’t get a DUI.

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    End of the month…did some trooper have a quota-not-really-a-quota to meet?

  5. alexo0 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    He’s on the fast track alright…

  6. moogro - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Got too excited after seeing “Tokyo Drift” for the first time unsensored.

  7. moogro - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Got too excited after seeing “Tokyo Drift” for the first time uncensored.

    • moogro - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Me too.

    • abaird2012 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Just curious … why all the thumbs down for the correction?

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Big deal. He was speeding and probably made a lane change.

  9. autumnweisz - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    What a jackass…

  10. paperlions - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    “Fast track to the majors”, “Bump in the road”, haha, I got it.

  11. knowlegeforyou - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    “At least he didn’t get a dui” 1. There is no need for an insurance card since you have to show proof to get a tag. 2. speeding including reckless driving normally doesn’t include jail time my guess is he was indeed intoxicated but wasn’t charged because of who he is

    • sabatimus - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      My comment was intended to be snark about how DUIs aren’t punished by MLB and they are in other leagues (like the NFL). On the other hand, I truly am glad he wasn’t driving under the influence.

    • led65 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      No, actually you are required to produce proof of insurance upon request by law enforcement not just when getting plates. Use some logic if you were only required to have it when registering your vehicle what’s to stop you from cancelling the policy the same day you receive your plates? Yes, you need to prove that you have insurance at that time, but you also need to prove that you still have insurance anytime you are pulled over. Also, whenever you receive a reckless driving it is a criminal offense and is up to the officer if you go to jail or not. The officer might have not wanted him driving without insurance. He might have been going insanely fast and needed a lesson instead of just a fine. He could have been a condescending prick to the officer. There are many variables. If the officer felt he was a danger on the roads due to how he was driving, behaving or just the fact that no insurance could potentially screw someone that he hit out of compensation then the officer was well in his right to place him under arrest. If you want to be technical about it the definition of being under arrest is essentially you’re detained and no that you are not allowed to leave. Which means anytime a person is pulled over, detained, they know they aren’t allowed to just drive off so technically any traffic stop the driver is under arrest until released by the officer.

  12. ch0psuey - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    “Stay Classy LA”

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      chopsuey?

  13. stairwayto7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Deportation!

    • badintent - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Damn right ! dont want him , dont need him. We got enough thugs here without bringing in more. Say no to Odrama’s insane immigrantion bill. It’s Jimmy Carter’s Cuban ‘s poltical prisoners exodus BS ” all over again X1000. We all know how that worked out for Miami and Florida. Scarface based on fact

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        You know when a Right Wing Nut Job has entered the building when it’s impossible for them to actually use the given name of the (black) president.

        Nah. You’re not a racist. Just completely misunderstood. You’re the victim, Baddie, and not just here, but everywhere.

        Poor Baddie. I wonder how you do it. Y’know, think that you’re so logical when all that your brain promotes is dipwadness and hate.

      • drewsylvania - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Herpety Derp McDerpleson.

    • qbn4rmcali - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      There’s a reason Cuban ballplayers are called “defectors.” It’s because they come from a communist country. They can’t be deported. Cuba will not allow Cubans who leave the country and come play for the MLB, to represent their own homeland in the WBC. Cuban-American ballplayers are not welcome to represent their mother and/or father’s Cuba either. This is bullshit because Castro wants his own team.A damn shame because Cuba has produced some of the greatest baseball players in the world. MLB fans deserve the best and I hope to see more Cubans and Cuban-Americans represent USA in the next WBC if nothing changes because Cubans-Americans love this country and because they come here for FREEDOM!

  14. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    These are the same cops who think the entire state of Ohio is smoking dope.

  15. captaincanoe - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I’m sure driving fast in a real treat for him since all the cars in Cuba are pulled by donkeys.

  16. qbn4rmcali - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    He’s young and acting stupid. What he really needs is a good mentor. There’s a reason Cuban ballplayers are called “defectors.” It’s because they come from a communist country. They can’t be deported. Cuba will not allow Cubans who leave the country and come play for the MLB, to represent their own homeland in the WBC. Cuban-American ballplayers are not welcome to represent their mother and/or father’s Cuba either. This is bullshit because Castro wants his own team.A damn shame because Cuba has produced some of the greatest baseball players in the world. MLB fans deserve the best and I hope to see more Cubans and Cuban-Americans represent USA in the next WBC if nothing changes because Cuban-Americans love this country and because they come here for FREEDOM!

  17. qbn4rmcali - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    He’s young, acting dumb, and looking to have fun. What he really needs a mentor to make him aware of what an impact he can make. He needs to have the right attitude. Ask yourself “What would I do with $42 Million…if I never had anything in my entire life? Stay focused on BASEBALL!

  18. louhudson23 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Glad he didn’t hit anyone…..

  19. @Cereal_22 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Wait,is that Miguel Tejada ?

  20. 1rdd - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    With this punks bad attitude, something tells me that this won’t be the last time he’s arrested.

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