Police say closer was intoxicated

Updated: January 25, 2004, 2:58 AM ET
Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Free-agent pitcher Ugueth Urbina has been arrested for allegedly firing gunshots into the air in an upscale Caracas neighborhood.

Police arrested Urbina early Friday morning for firing a gun out the passenger window of an SUV, Chacao police chief Leonardo Diaz Paruta said in comments published Saturday in El Nacional newspaper.

A Chacao police spokeswoman confirmed the remarks. Diaz Paruta was not immediately available for further comment.

Urbina finished last season as the closer for the World Series champion Florida Marlins.

Diaz Paruta said Urbina and a friend, Cesar Diaz, were intoxicated when they were detained. Police seized a 9 mm revolver from the pair, who were charged with possession of a weapon without a license and misuse of a firearm.

It was not clear whether the two were still in custody. Urbina could not immediately be reached for comment.

The two were arrested after residents called police to complain about the gunshots, Diaz Paruta said. The police chief said Urbina could not explain why he had allegedly fired his gun.


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