Facts and Reasons that Ex-MLB star Johnny Damon arrested
|Facts about and the Real Reasons that Ex-MLB All-Star Johnny Damon arrested|
The real Reasons that Ex-MLB star Johnny Damon arrested
Former Major League Baseball player Johnny Damon, 47, was arrested early Friday morning in Orange County, Florida for driving under the influence after cops spotted his car swerving., U.S multiple outlets reported.
Johnny Damon’s blood-alcohol level was a staggering 0.3 during one of the two breathalyzer tests he took, well above the legal limit of 0.08. Michelle Mangan-Damon, Damon’s wife, was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest after allegedly attacking the officers during the encounter, According to TMZ.
He was taken into custody by police in Windermere, a suburb of Orlando, and booked at the Orange County Corrections Department.
The television station also reported he was charged with resisting an officer without violence.
The Orlando Sentinel said Damon's wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, also was arrested. During the traffic stop, which occurred around 1:20 a.m., she was told to stay in the car and ignored the officer's order.
What did he say?
“Jail sucks, handcuffs are worse,” Damon said as he left the Orange County jail Friday afternoon. As the former pro-athlete was released, an unidentified man encouraged Damon to not talk with the media; however, he did speak briefly to local media outfits.
“I’m always accountable for my actions and we’ll see what happens soon,” Damon said. “But, I will be honest with you and always be accountable and like I said I would never put myself, my loved ones or anybody in harm’s way getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. So, I apologize and hopefully, I can answer more questions later on.”
When asked about his wife’s arrest, Damon was more evasive.
“Yeah, you know, um, you know... that’s something else I can’t talk about because she should not have been with me,” Damon said to Clickorlando.
More Details about Damon Arrest
According to Clickorlando, Damon and Mangan-Damon both got out of the SUV as the officer approached, despite his commands to stay in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. They both eventually got back into the SUV.
Police said they asked Damon why he and his wife got out of the vehicle and his reply was, “Um, because we saw you following us.” The officer then explained he was conducting a traffic stop and records show Damon’s reply was, “What traffic stop?”
Damon was reportedly unsteady on his feet, slurring his words and smelled of alcohol. He admitted that he had “just a little bit” to drink while making a small pinching motion with his fingers, according to the report.
Records show that as the officer was explaining the traffic infractions he’d witnessed prior to the stop, Mangan-Damon once again got out of the vehicle and said she didn’t need to listen to the officer who was telling her to get back in the SUV.
The officer approached Mangan-Damon and then Damon walked over as well despite being told to stay on the other side of the vehicle, at which point the officer grabbed Damon by the wrist and walked him back over to the driver’s side and then the officer grabbed Mangan-Damon by the wrist as well as he told her to stop, according to the report.
Police said Mangan-Damon told the officer not to touch her and began pulling away, which is when Damon approached again as the officer attempted to pull Mangan-Damon and in return, Mangon-Damon grabbed the officer’s left arm while pulling away and pushing.
The report said Damon also became “entangled” in the situation. Mangon-Damon then broke away from the officer and began walking toward the community’s guardhouse.
The officer called for backup and then went back over to Damon, pushed him against the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs but during the process, he kept tensing and moving his arm away, according to the affidavit. The second officer who arrived on scene secured Mangon-Damon.
Records show at some point during the struggle, the officer’s body camera fell off and landed face up on the ground.
Once Damon was secured, he told the officer, “I’m a good (expletive) guy” and made other comments about the current political climate that were not detailed in the report.
Police said Damon claimed he and his wife had been at “London House,” which he described as, “It’s a guy who had a lot of money to uh I don’t know, take care of taxes so he’s uh, we were just having a good time there,” according to the affidavit.
Records show Damon agreed to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed, telling the officer he was “a big boy.”
Damon was taken to a DUI testing center and was given two Breathalyzer tests at about 3:30 a.m., which yielded results of 0.30 and 0.294, according to the affidavit. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Damon, who graduated from Doctor Phillips High School, played for several MLB teams including the Boston Red Sox and won a World Series championship in 2004.
Who is Johnny Damon - Biography, Family, Career
Born Johnny David Damon, November 5, 1973, in Fort Riley, KS; son of Jimmy (a retired army sergeant) and Yome Damon; married Angie Vannice, 1992 (divorced, 2002); married Michelle Mangan, December 30, 2004; children: Madelyn, Jackson (from first marriage).
|Ex-MLB star Johnny Damon was arrested early Friday in Windermere. (Orange County Jail)|
Addresses Home: Orlando, FL. Office —Boston Red Sox, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3496.
He signed with Kansas City Royals, 1992; played in minor leagues, 1992-95; played for Kansas City, 1995-2000; played for Oakland A's, 2001; centerfielder, Boston Red Sox, 2002—.
Awards Johnny David Damon: Prospect of the Year, Midwest League managers, 1993; Midwest League All-Star Team, 1993; Player of the Year, Kansas City Royals, 1994; Best Batting Prospect, Best Defensive Outfielder, Most Exciting Player, Carolina League, Baseball America, 1994; May Player of the Month, Topps/NAPBL, 1994; Kansas City Royals Organizational Player of the Year, Baseball America, 1994, 1995; Player of the Year, Topps/NAPBL's Minor League and Double-A, 1995; Player of the Year, Texas League, 1995; All-Prospect Team, USA Today, 1995; Minor League All-Star Team, Baseball America, 1995; Double-A All-Star squad, Baseball America, 1995; Double-A Player of the Year, Baseball America, 1995; named Royals Player of the Month, 1998-2000; won slot on All-Star Team, MLB.com "30th Man Ballot," 2002; Jackie Jensen Spirit Award, Baseball Writers' Association of America, 2004.
Damon played for the New York Yankees, the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox and many other teams between 1995 and 2012.
Damon, who grew up in Orlando, played 18 seasons in the major leagues for seven teams. Kansas City selected him in the first round of the 1992 MLB Draft, and he made his debut for the Royals in 1995 and spent six seasons there.
The outfielder, known for his hustle and his shaggy hair, was the sparkplug of the two World Series-champion teams: the 2004 Boston Red Sox and 2009 New York Yankees. He was a two-time All-Star with the Red Sox.
Damon retired after the 2012 season with a career batting average of .284. He had 235 home runs and 1,139 RBIs to go along with 1,668 runs scored and 408 stolen bases in 2,490 games.
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