Temperamental Dodger went out of his way

Updated: November 29, 2004, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

COPLEY, Ohio -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley is in trouble again, this time charged with disorderly conduct after interfering with a traffic stop near Akron.

Milton Bradley
Bradley

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.


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