LEE COUNTY — 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.