Miguel Cabrera's DUI: What Can Drunk Driving Bust Teach Us?

On Nov. 24, 2006, Lee agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract with the Houston Astros. Lee had a productive first year in Houston, hitting .303 with 32 home runs and driving in 119 runs, which was good for a three-way tie in the National League with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. But his contract is widely considered to be one of the worst signings in baseball. "El Caballo" earned $19,000,000 and hit just .246 with 24 homers and 89 RBI in one of his worst seasons. Getty Images/Joe Robbins

Miguel Cabrera follows through on a home run
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera.
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(CBS/AP) Is Miguel Cabrera hitting the bottle again? The Detroit Tigers slugger was arrested in Florida on Wednesday on suspicion of drunk driving, perhaps proving that even superstars are not immune from the twin dangers of alcohol abuse and drunk driving.

Every minute, someone is injured in an alcohol-related car crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.That's almost 12,000 people in 2008.

"You guys write in the paper 'alcoholic,' that's not right," Cabrera said last March after he spent much of the off-season in counseling. "I don't know how to explain, but it's not an alcohol problem."

Nearly 10 million Americans abuse alcohol, according to the most recent statistics from the National Institutes of Health, leading to 23,000 deaths, not including accidents and murders.

Not pretty.

As for Cabrera, the 27-year-old was busted about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training. He smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene. After his arrest, Cabrera posted $1,350 bond and was released from jail early Thursday morning.

"It's hard," said second baseman Carlos Guillen. "He's a really good friend. I know he was working hard in the winter to have a good season this year."

As far as alcohol problems are concerned, he seems to be striking out.

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