(CBS/AP) Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunk driving. This is the latest episode for the Detroit Tigers first baseman who has struggled with alcohol-related problems.
According to the police, a St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputy arrested the 27-year-old Wednesday night at 11:14 p.m. The deputy pulled up to Cabrera's car, which was on the side of the road with the smoke coming from the engine of his vehicle.
Police said Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of Scotch in front of a deputy. According to the report, Cabrera's attitude was cocky, combative, argumentative and belligerent. His eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy and his face was flushed.
Police said Cabrera repeatedly refused to cooperate, saying, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems."
One deputy struck Cabrera in the left thigh several times with his knee after Cabrera pushed into him, causing the ballplayer to fall into the patrol car.
Cabrera refused to take a breath test, deputies said.
He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting an officer without violence. Cabrera was also cited for an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
He posted $1,350 bond and was released from jail early Thursday. The arrest occurred about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training.
In 2009, the first baseman got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking, right before his team surrendered the American League Central Division title to the Twins. Police said Cabrera had a 0.26 blood-alcohol reading - three times above Michigan's legal limit for driving - and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had to pick up Cabrera at the station. No charges were filed.
During spring training last year, Cabrera said he was done drinking alcohol after he spent much of the off season in counseling.