Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks arrested on DUI charges

Bobby Jenks

Bobby Jenks

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— A Boston Red Sox pitcher was arrested Friday morning, accused of driving under the influence and hit and run while leaving a Fort Myers strip club.

Bobby Jenks became the second professional baseball player to end up in Southwest Florida jail in 24 hours.

Jenks admitted, to deputies, to being “messed up” and striking two vehicle in the parking lot of Babes night club on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.

“I’m going to be honest with you. I was just leaving Babes because I hit a car,” Jenks, a two-time All-Star game selection told deputies. “I just had to get out of there.”

Deputies asked Jenks to submit to sobriety tests, to which he replied, “I’m going to fail.”

Deputies observed Jenks driving a white Mercedes-Benz SUV erratically on Cleveland Avenue. He turned on Colonial Boulevard where he was pulled over and admitted he was all over the road. Jenks told deputies he had taken too many muscle relaxers.

After failing a field sobriety exercise of walking and turning, a deputy asked Jenks why he could not pass the test. Jenks responded, “I’m messed up.”

The right-hander is recovering from offseason back surgeries. He signed with Boston in 2011 for two years, $12 million.

The Red Sox released a statement saying: “We have been made aware of a situation regarding Bobby Jenks and take such matters seriously. We are gathering information and will refrain from further comment at this time.”

According to arrest reports, Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had difficulty speaking. EMS examined Jenks and determined he was not suffering from any kind of medical issues.

Deputies spoke with an employee of Babes, 3654 Cleveland Avenue, who told them he saw the Mercedes hit a parked truck and another car just before midnight. He says he asked Jenks if he could please call him a cab, but Jenks drove off.

Jenks, who has also played for the Anaheim Angels and the Chicago White Sox, was booked into to the Lee County Jail at 3:43 a.m. and released five hours later. He was unable to produce a urine sample, but a Breathalyzer detected no alcohol in his system.

Jenks, of Mesa, Arizona, is facing charges of DUI, three counts of DUI with property damage, and hit and run.

On Thursday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol says Tampa Bay Rays Matthew Brian Bush was driving south on U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte when he struck the motorcycle driven by 72-year-old Anthony Tufano.

After the accident, troopers say Bush drove north on U.S. 41. Multiple police agencies were notified and his 2011 Dodge SUV was located a short time later. Bush, 26, was arrested and taken to Charlotte County Jail. Bush faces multiple DUI- related charges and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Bush is a pitcher in the Rays minor league organization.

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swfljim writes:

Jenks would have never gotten in trouble if his designated driver, Tampa Bay's Matt Bush had shown up on time last night.

swamp4ever writes:

Work harder, your tax dollars support overpaid union workers like this.

bananas8187 writes:

This can't be true.

Baseball players don't drink, and everyone knows that.

upeoplrmean writes:

in response to swfljim:

Jenks would have never gotten in trouble if his designated driver, Tampa Bay's Matt Bush had shown up on time last night.


DonkeyWhispererakaDuh_novan writes:

Did you know it cost Jenks $4.00 a gallon for the gas in his vehicle.

Klaatu writes:

Lee County just spent 80 million dollars to add more DRUNKS on the roads !

As if they didn't have enough already !!!

I'm surprised he was even charged!

SandnSurf writes:

The last sentence of the story advises that the breathalyzer did NOT detect any alcohol. Hence, he wasnt drunk, hadn't been drinking, didn't consume, yadda yadda yadda.
You will note that Jenks stated he had taken to many muscle relaxers, there is where the DUI comes into play.
Driving Under the Influence - it can be your everyday OTC drug or some of the Rx's the blue hairs take, doesnt have to be booze folks.

Hollywoody writes:

Strrrrrike one!

LovesBS writes:

At least he didn't get shot to death like what happens at the other topless dump up there!

Million dollar arm...$1.99 cent brain.

namaste writes:

Gr8 role models

MarcoRobert writes:

I asked for directions from this guy, 'cause I wanted to get some chocolate-milk and cookies and he sent me to a strip mall, your Honor. I didn't realize it until these naked girls were all over me that it was a strip club...OHHHH, never mind!


oniontown writes:

These two guys need to be "outathere" right now. Get them off their teams. Fans and lovers of the game (not to mention owners, managers,etc.) don't need this.

skiffbug writes:

The league President should suspend him for 50 games to teach him a lesson. The average person would have been locked up and had his/ her's license taken away. Pro atheletes think they're something special.

beerbong writes:

What a bunch. And to think some of us didn't want them here anyway. This is what our bed tax dollars gets us. And, they threatened to leave Lee County if we didn't finance their new digs.

MIF writes:

If I made 12 million a year I'd HIRE a driver to "babysit" me while I partied. Jeez, these people do not know how to put their money to use wisely!

bananas8187 writes:

in response to General_Rancor:

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Yessiree, General, Boston is a paragon of virtue. You never lived there, or even spent much time there, did you?

The out of town university population is what gives Boston it's air of intelligence and worldliness.

The locals are as classless and racist as anywhere in the US, and possibly the worst anywhere.

Their sports fans wouldn't care if a stud player was released from prison every Sunday to star with the Patriots.

Then again, your statement that Bostonians won't tolerate drunks, druggies and philanderers as role models (Kennedys) leads me to believe that your post is entirely satirical. Nice.

Beachglow writes:

And our kids are supposed to look up to guys like this? What a joke. Don't believe mine are going to spring training.

bh1799 writes:

in response to puckdog:

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you don't need to be so defensive... working as a bagger at the local grocery store is an decent job and you should be proud of it.

bh1799 writes:

in response to puckdog:

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Your opinion is insignificant!! The story had nothing to do with politics... did you even know that?
Spewing your dumb views is a sign of what you think you stand for. So sorry for U to be U!

bh1799 writes:

in response to puckdog:

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Hit a nerve....didn't even come close...My evening is fine and will stay that way. Thanks so much for your caring words, though.

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