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Reckless driving charges dropped against Yasiel Puig

Jan 28, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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This says more about the legal standard for reckless driving in Florida than it says about the safety of Yasiel Puig‘s driving, but be it known that the reckless driving charges against him have been dropped. From WVZN-TV in Florida:

The State Attorney’s Office will not pursue areckless driving charge against Dodger’s outfielder Yasiel Puig, after the MLB star was clocked doing 110 mph across Alligator Alley in late December.

Prosecutors say the speed, while excessive, by itself is not enough to support a charge of reckless driving.

Apparently there need to be aggravating factors beyond just speed to support a reckless driving charge in Florida, and there was no evidence that he was weaving or taking risks beyond going 110 m.p.h. Kind of surprising — a lot of states deem certain speeds to be reckless no matter how straight and steady you’re keeping it on the road — but Florida isn’t like everyplace else.

Here’s hoping, however, that Puig nonethless sticks to his plan to have someone else do his driving for him. Or, short of that, slows the hell down.

(h/t Big League Stew)

  1. lanflfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Agreed on Puig keeping his driver around, to avoid this in the future.

    Cue the moral outrage/spoiled athlete comments in 3…2…1…

    • pjmarn6 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Unfortunately Dinky Duck only reads headlines and doesn’t do any research beyond learning the ability to read. Puig received a ticket for speeding which will cost him $$$ and points on his licence.
      What dinky duck didn’t spend five minutes on is that Puig probably will receive a $500 fine, 4 points on his licence (it takes 12 to get it suspended for a year) and a 3 month suspension for driving 30 mph over the speed limit.

      For what he is making that is nothing but it is a complete statement that he did not get off scott free as Dinky Duck suggested. Contrary to his superficial comments, the rules for reckless driving in the state of Florida are specific and detailed. Speeding is not one of the reasons for being charged with reckless driving.

      Don’t you love how deep a hole this ex lawyer is digging for himself. When will he learn that more and more people are not going to believe one word he says. He just reads some headline off the net and runs with it, regardless if it is true or not. Maybe that is why he couldn’t make it as a lawyer. Being a lawyer means paying a hell of a lot of attention to details and proving his well thought out and researched facts and opinions before a judge or jury and having them torn apart by a competent opposing lawyer. It appears that Dinky Duck rater spend 10 minutes on the computer and blind side readers with his fabrications and wrong headed opinions.

      • anxovies - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Dear Mr. pjmarn6;

        Regarding your false and libelous comments about my client, Mr. Duck, you have maliciously defamed Mr. Duck in both of his professions. My client and I find your comments incorrect and malicious and designed to demean him before his peers and others. My client demands that you cease and desist from any further disparagement of him or his professional abilities. Any further defamation from you will result in legal action against you in the Toontown Courts.

        Sincerely,

        P. Pig
        Attorney at law

      • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:42 AM

        Anx, I’m really taken with how you were able to inhabit a pig’s mind in order to write your post. That there is some tricky gnosis.

      • pjmarn6 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Mr. Pig:
        You choose the right nickname to defend Dinky Duck. You might remember the olde saying. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
        Both you and your client should mind that statement. This area of MSNBC is for sports reporting, not for nonsensical opinions and the repeating of erroneous third hand misinformation.
        The last time I saw a sports interview, there were dozens of sports reporters with cameramen, tape recorders and asking hundreds of questions. As your client has admitted that he did not attend the Lasorda or Tanaka public meetings with legitimate sports reporters attending, he therefore has never asked Lasorda or Tanaka any intelligent or soul searching questions on sports. As he has admitted he has a limited knowledge of baseball, etc. I ask the question why is MSNBC paying him to cover a prestigious team? My only response is that MSNBC wants to sink further down in the ratings.

  2. onbucky96 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Behold the power of billable hours.

    • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Nope. Behold the power of poorly written statutes.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        I would LOVE to see one of those written by you, it’s bound to be colorful, entertaining and filled with words I don’t know and will have to look up in a dictionary.

      • gibbyfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Hey Gator………Agreed ! but you would thing the officer involved would know that poorly written statute.

      • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        I wish I could agree with you, but any lawyer will tell you that a pile of inappropriate charges big enough to attract seagulls gets thrown out of court every day.

      • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        Francisco: naaahh, ir would just state that any speed more than 25MPH over the posted limit would also be chargeable as reckless driving. Simple, direct, and not an option.

  3. cackalackyank - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    This is Justin Bieber’s fault.

  4. ilovegspot - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Where a re the Puig haters that actually wish he was on their team.

  5. yordo - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    As my buddy George would say, “They always get away”

  6. sfm073 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Florida is such a backwards state.

  7. lostsok - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    The cop was a total jerk. If Puig was wearing a three-piece suit–and had a slightly slight complexion–he’d have gotten ticket, end of story. He wasn’t drunk. He wasn’t racing anyone. There was no school zones, or even residences, around. The biggest risk driving that speed where Puig was is, literally, hitting an alligator.

    That’s not to say he should be speeding, but…raise your hand if you’ve NEVER driven over a 100. Ever.

    Riiiiight.

    The cop never should have arrested Puig. He was arrested for Driving-While-Cuban. The pink shorts probably didn’t help.

    • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Right. The cop saw the car go by at 110 mph and instantly realized there was a Cuban inside. And of course, you are aware that down here half the cops are Cuban, right?

  8. historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    There’s nothing more frustrating for an investigator to do all this work on a case and then have someone above you kill it — especially because of politics or cowardice.

  9. 4d3fect - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Ah, the fix is in.

  10. righthandofjustice - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I don’t think it matters if this happened in Florida or other states. Puig was not driving under the influence, has not previously been diagnosed with psychological problems, induced no injury or damage to other people in the premise, has nobody including his mother and relatives in his car accusing him of endangering their lives.

    Speeding? Certainly… Careless driving? Probably… Wanton disregard or reckless driving? I don’t think so…

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