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Mets catcher arrested for spring training DUI

Both Mets fans and Yankees fans are anxiously awaiting the end of spring training, counting down the weeks until the two teams pack up their gear to leave Florida and come back to New York to start the regular season. In fact, while most of us tend to think of spring training as something to be endured rather than enjoyed, it has produced some rather notable headlines this year. Just last weekend, for example, a member of the Mets was arrested on DUI charges in Florida.

Eric Langill, the current bullpen catcher for the Mets, was arrested by Port St. Lucie police for drunk driving on Sunday evening.

According to reports, Langill, 32, had attended a Mets team bowling event earlier in the evening and left an area sports bar at around 11:30 pm. Shortly thereafter, on his way through a residential area where many members of the Mets reside during spring training, Langill somehow managed to be involved in a single-car accident that left his Honda Accord upside down next to a fountain.

A responding officer found Langill -- who had managed to crawl out of the car unscathed -- attempting to leave the scene on foot.

Langill explained that another motorist had cut him off, forcing his car to jump the curb, clip a stop sign, crash into a fountain and roll over.

During this exchange, the officer noted that Langill had an odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. Consequently, he asked Langill to perform field sobriety tests and submit to a breath test. Langill, however, only agreed to the former.

Langill was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI. He was freed the following morning after posting a $1,500 bond.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was quick to point out that a significant amount of time had passed between the team-sponsored bowling event and Langill's DUI arrest.

"I was at bowling night. I was there when it concluded, substantially concluded at approximately 8:45," he said. "This incident occurred at approximately 11:30, 11:20, something of that sort. So from that standpoint, a significant amount of time between when this official event ended, and when this incident occurred."

The team has yet to issue an sort of official statement or take disciplinary actions towards Langill.

Stay tuned for updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

Being arrested for DWI/DUI can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.

When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Sources:

The Star-Ledger, "Mets bullpen catcher flips car, charged with DUI after team outing" March 12, 2012

The New York Daily News, "NY Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill flips car, charged with DUI by Florida police according to report" March 13, 2012

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