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Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Furcal begins serving 21-day stint

Associated Press

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal turned himself in to the Cobb County Jail on Tuesday to serve a 21-day sentence on a probation violation.

Jail spokeswoman Nancy Bodiford said Furcal entered the jail two hours before a court deadline.

A judge decided last week to allow Furcal to participate in the playoffs despite a probation violation on a drunken driving charge. Furcal's season ended Monday night when the Braves lost in Game 5 of their divisional series against the Houston Astros.

Furcal, 26, was arrested Sept. 10 in Atlanta on a charge of driving under the influence -- his second DUI arrest in four years. Because of that arrest, he violated his probation in Cobb County for a June 2000 arrest on similar charges.

Cobb County State Court Judge David Darden sentenced Furcal to 21 days in jail to be followed by a 28-day in-house treatment program.