Brewers pitcher Gallardo apologizes for DUI arrest

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   April 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM   |   0 comments

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April 17 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo apologized for his arrest for drunken driving, making a statement to the media at Miller Park Tuesday.

"Obviously, last night, I made a bad decision," he 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."

Gallardo was arrested early Tuesday morning after he was pulled over for driving slowly and weaving between lanes. Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin told ESPN Wisconsin that Gallardo failed a field sobriety test and blew a .22 on a blood-alcohol level test.

The 27-year-old pitcher will not face jail time, McLaughlin said, but faces fines of $300 for driving while intoxicated on a first offense, plus $300 for the level of intoxication and $178.80 for lane deviation.

After his statement Tuesday afternoon, Gallardo took no questions.

Gallardo's full statement:

"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."

The Brewers also released a 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."
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