Outfielder is on disabled list

Updated: July 27, 2004, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets outfielder Shane Spencer was charged with driving under the influence early Tuesday morning after he was pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shane Spencer
Left Field
New York Mets
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
74 4 26 21 6 .281

Spencer was stopped by state troopers between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. for driving 96 mph in a 70 mph speed zone on Interstate 95 in St. Lucie County, Fla., according to Lt. David Frith.

The officers smelled alcohol on Spencer's breath, and "he acknowledged that he had a few drinks," Frith said.

Spencer failed several roadside sobriety tests and was arrested, Frith said. He refused to take a breathalyzer test and was charged with misdemeanor DUI.

"He cooperated 100 percent," Frith said. "There was nothing out of the ordinary."

Spencer was released from the St. Lucie County Jail on $350 bond at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. It was unknown when Spencer would make his initial court appearance on the charge.

Spencer, 32, has been at the Mets' minor league facility in Port St. Lucie since Sunday. He cut his right foot on a piece of glass in a New York bar Thursday night and was placed on the 15-day disabled list a day later.

"We're aware of the situation and (general manager) Jim Duquette is looking into the matter," Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.

In March, Spencer and then-teammate Karim Garcia, now with the Baltimore Orioles, were accused of roughing up a pizza deliveryman during spring training in Port St. Lucie.

A report was filed with the Port St. Lucie police department, but an investigation resulted in no charges being filed against the two players. Garcia and Spencer both were fined $500 by the Mets.

Spencer is hitting .281 with four homers, 26 RBIs and six stolen bases in 185 at-bats in his first season with the Mets.


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