Tony La Russa charged with DUI day before White Sox hire: Report

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Tony La Russa was reportedly charged with DUI in Arizona one day before he was named the manager of the Chicago White Sox.

ESPN first reported the story Monday night. A White Sox team spokesman told the outlet the organization was aware of the incident but couldn’t comment pending further investigation.

“I have nothing to say,” the 76-year-old told ESPN.

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La Russa was arrested in late February after he allegedly ran his car into a curb near Phoenix, ESPN reported citing court documents. He told an officer who responded to the incident that he was out to dinner and had a tire issue. After a sobriety test, he was reportedly taken into custody.

The officer received a warrant to take blood from La Russa after the Hall of Famer refused a breathalyzer test or have his blood or urine tested for his blood-alcohol level, according to the report.

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Charges for DUI were reportedly filed on Oct. 28 and a Maricopa County Attorney’s Office official told the site that it was delayed because the charges were initially filed in the wrong jurisdiction.

La Russa was cited for DUI and registering a BAC of .08 or more – a misdemeanor in Arizona. He could face up to 10 days in jail.

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The longtime manager was previously arrested for DUI in Florida in 2007 when he was the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. He pleaded guilty to DUI.



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