In a video in possession of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and reviewed by the Associated Press, Braves pitcher Derek Lowe denied drinking or racing after being pulled over by police officers in Atlanta at the end of April. Lowe refused to take a breathalyzer test and was charged with DUI and reckless driving. Prosecutors later dismissed the charges after deciding that they lacked the evidence needed to pursue a DUI case against Lowe.
In the video, police officers say Lowe was driving at a speed of more than 90 mph and they accuse him of racing. Lowe repeatedly denies the charges, explaining that he lives just two blocks from where officers pulled him over. An officer also said that Lowe’s breath smelled like alcohol. The pitcher denied these allegations as well, saying that the smell might have been coming from his chewing tobacco. The police report claimed that Lowe was argumentative and seemed confused. It also mentioned that his face was flushed and red.
Despite Lowe’s relative fame and recent $60-million contract with the Braves, the officers claimed to be unaware of the pitcher’s profession. According to an article about the arrest in USA Today, Lowe tried to keep his profession under wraps for most of the arrest, but eventually said that he played baseball for the Braves. Lowe said on the video that he did not want to bring up his job because, in his mind, as soon as you admit you’re a ballplayer, you are as good as guilty of DUI.
Video shows Lowe denied drinking, racing (USA Today)