Braves ace charged with DUI

5:09 PM, Apr 29, 2011   |    comments
Derek Lowe (Atlanta Braves)
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ATLANTA -- Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested and charged late Thursday night for DUI, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Troopers said they pulled Lowe on Peachtree Road at Rumson Road NE at around 10 p.m. They claimed he smelled of alcohol, then refused to take a field sobriety test. As he left the Atlanta City Jail, Lowe had no comment for reporters.

The Braves issued this statement Friday:

Obviously we are concerned and disappointed about the events involving Derek Lowe overnight.

We are currently gathering information and plan to address this matter later today.

Lowe is in the third year of a four-year $60 million contract with the Braves. He's 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA this season and is scheduled to start Sunday's series finale against St. Louis at Turner Field.

Friday afternoon, the Braves released a statement by Lowe. The pitcher apologized for the attention from the matter, and said he hopes the situation can be resolved soon:

"I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Braves organization for the attention arising from this matter, however I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Braves organization while we are focused on returning to the playoffs. This is a legal matter and I anticipate this case can promptly be resolved within the court system."

The club is also dealing with controversy surrounding Pitching Coach Roger McDowell. Major League Baseball is looking into fan allegations that McDowell made lewd and profane remarks during the April 23 game in San Francisco.

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