A few weeks ago, James Loney, the star first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was involved in a bizarre DUI accident, but his employers did not find out about the incident until recently, thanks to an anonymous phone call to the team’s executive office.
According to a recent post from the Los Angeles Times, Loney was driving his 2009 Maserati on California’s famed 101 Freeway when his car allegedly sideswiped three other cars, and eventually came to a complete stop in the fast lane of a busy highway.
Sources indicate that the incident took place in the early evening in Sherman Oaks, California. The 27-year-old Loney was arrested on the scene by police officers, but not before he engaged in some reportedly bizarre behavior.
After Loney struck the three vehicles—a Mini Cooper, a Toyota Prius, and a Mercedes Benz—the three drivers of the other cars attempted to speak with Loney, who had parked his car in the fast lane of the freeway after the collisions.
Their efforts, however, were futile, as Loney appeared to be unconscious, or at the very least, unresponsive to the requests of the other drivers.
Once he awoke, though, the police report claims that Loney attempted to flee the scene, although he did not get very far, given his arrest shortly after the collisions.
After he was arrested, sources indicate that Loney’s unusual behavior at the scene of the accident prompted paramedics to transport him to a nearby hospital, where he eventually recovered his senses without further incident.
An arresting officer remarked that Loney displayed “objective symptoms of being intoxicated or under the influence of something,” although one source told the Los Angeles Times that a breathalyzer test and a blood test both came back negative for signs of intoxication.
However, in response to this claim, a California Highway Patrol officer claimed that an investigation into the results of Loney’s blood test had not yet been completed.
Of course, while this news means that Loney will have to battle possible DUI charges in court, it seems that the Dodgers do not intend to punish Loney by revoking their contract offer, despite the fact that they only recently learned of the incident.
The Dodgers’ general manager, Ned Colleti, said that the team still planned to tender a new contract to Loney, who is up for a new deal, unless an internal investigation reveals new details about the arrest.
In the absence of new information, though, Colleti seems willing to maintain the team’s ties with James Loney, who has been a revelation in recent years as an upcoming young star for a disappointing team.
For his part, Loney is likely eager to start making headlines for his play on the baseball diamond, not his reckless driving.