Milwaukee Brewers star pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested early yesterday morning for drunken driving in Milwaukee. A spokesperson for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department said that Gallardo registered a .22 blood alcohol level, nearly three times Wisconsin's legal limit of .08.
It was Gallardo’s first offense for operating while intoxicated. The All-Star was issued a $300 ticket for OWI, with an additional $300 ticket because of the level of intoxication and a $178.80 ticket for lane deviation. In addition, he will have to have an interlock ignition device installed on his vehicle.
Gallardo’s statement to the media was one of embarrassment and shame. "Obviously, last night I made a bad decision," Gallardo said. "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."
The Brewers released this statement: "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."
Gallardo's next scheduled start is tomorrow afternoon, and manager Ron Roenicke said, "As of right now, he's starting Thursday."