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Update: Gallardo addresses DUI arrest

Apr 16, 2013 -- 8:45am

Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo was arrested for drunk driving Tuesday morning. David Bernacchi photo


Update: Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo addressed the media Tuesday afternoon on the field at Miller Park. Gallardo did not field questions, but gave a brief statement about his drunk driving arrest roughly 12 hours earlier. Here is an excerpt:

"Obviously, last night, I made a bad decision. You know, I made a mistake. I'm sure I've lost a lot of respect from a lot of fans, but I just want to apologize. I apologize to the fans, to my teammates, my family. You know, like I said, it's just a bad call. It's something I shouldn't have done. I regret it. But at this point, you know, there's nothing I can do about it now. You know, it happened.

"Like I said, I just want to apologize to the whole organization and all the people in Milwaukee for my actions. It's not very easy. It's one of those things -- I truly am sorry. I'm going to make sure something like this never happens again. Whatever circumstances, consequences, whatever I have to do so this won't happen again, I'm going to do it."

Here is the original story from this morning:

Milwaukee Brewers all-star pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested Tuesday morning and cited with drunken driving, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Fran McLaughlin told ESPN Wisconsin.

Gallardo, a 27-year-old right-hander, was driving westbound on Interstate 94 near S. 76th St. when he was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. for driving slowly and deviating lanes. McLaughlin said Gallardo failed a field sobriety test and later registered a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit in Wisconsin (.08).

Brewers officials released a statement shortly after 11 a.m. It read:

“We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions.”

McLaughlin said Gallardo -- who has no prior criminal record -- will not face jail time but will receive citations of $300 for operating while intoxicated -- first offense, with an extra $300 because of the level of intoxication and $178.80 for lane deviation.

Gallardo is believed to be the first active Brewers player arrested for drunk driving since first baseman John Jaha was arrested in Elm Grove in May, 1998. Jaha, who was on the disabled list with a foot injury, had spent the evening at the Ground Round restaurant on Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa.

Gallardo has pitched in three games this season, including his club record-tying fourth consecutive Opening Day starting assignment, and is slated to start against San Francisco Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. He has a 0-1 record and 6.61 earned run average. He last pitched Saturday afternoon in a 8-0 loss at St. Louis.

Gallardo, who has posted four consecutive seasons with 200-plus strikeouts, has fanned nine batters over 16 1/3 innings in 2013.

A native of Mexico and a six-year veteran, Gallardo represented the Brewers in the 2010 All-Star Game but his best season came in 2011 when he went 17-10 with 207 strikeouts, a 1.22 WHIP and 3.52 ERA – all of which were career bests.

The Brewers’ 2004 second round pick (No. 46 overall) won his Major League debut on June 18, 2007, and signed a five-year $30.1 million extension in April 2010 – the same year he won a Silver Slugger award.

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