Bradley, known for an inability to control his temper, was
charged after police stopped a woman for weaving on a highway
Thursday. Police say Bradley, who was driving another car ahead of
the woman, stopped on an exit ramp and walked on the side of the
highway until he reached the traffic stop.
"He started screaming to the officer something to the effect
of, 'Why are you stopping my friend?' " Copley Township Police
Chief Michael Mier said Monday. "The officer had to tell him
several times to return to his vehicle and he refused to do so."
At one point, Mier said, Bradley put his hands behind his back
and "said 'go ahead and arrest me.' " Mier said.
The officer did, and charged Bradley with the fourth-degree
misdemeanor. He was not held but was issued a summons to appear
Friday in Barberton Municipal Court. If convicted, Bradley could be
sentenced from no jail time up to 30 days, and a maximum fine of $250.
The woman, identified only as a friend of Bradley's, was not
charged and allowed to leave, Mier said.
Bradley could not be reached for comment Monday.
"We're in the process of ascertaining and evaluating the facts,
and until we've done that, we have no comment," Dodgers spokesman
Gary Miereanu said.
Bradley, 26, was acquired by Los Angeles from Cleveland in
April. During the week before he was traded, Bradley was pulled
from a spring training game by Indians manager Eric Wedge for failing
to run out a pop fly that dropped, barred from training camp and sent to the minors.
In February, Bradley was sentenced to three days in jail for
driving away from police after being stopped for speeding in the
Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls. In 2001, he was taken to a hospital
by emergency medical workers after refusing to leave a restaurant
because he was drunk.
He was suspended for four games in June for tossing a bag of
balls onto the field following an ejection, and suspended for five
more games in September after a bottle-throwing tantrum and
confrontation with fans in Los Angeles.
In October, the Dodgers decided not to discipline Bradley for a
clubhouse confrontation with a reporter.