ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera got his driver license back, according to a letter from the state.
Cabrera, 28, was arrested on drunken driving charges in west Fort Pierce on Feb. 16 after refusing to take a breath test. He had his license suspended.
But a hearing officer with the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department determined Friday there was insufficient evidence to support that Cabrera had been driving or in actual physical control of the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, according to the letter signed by Field Officer Lorinna Metro.
According to the letter, the decision has no bearing on any DUI trial, and if Cabrera is convicted of DUI, he could still have his driving privilege revoked.
A hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. June 10 before County Judge Cliff Barnes.
Cabrera, a native of Venezuela with a Boca Raton address, had an administrative hearing Wednesday, though he did not attend. Cabrera was represented by Fort Pierce attorney Michael Kessler.
According to a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit, a deputy saw Cabrera's black Land Rover with a smoking engine on the shoulder of the 30000 block of Okeechobee Road and called for assistance because Cabrera refused to cooperate.
The deputy reported the first baseman grabbed a bottle of James Buchanan's Scotch and started drinking as he was being questioned.
Another deputy arrested Cabrera on charges of DUI, two misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer without violence and a citation for open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
The two deputies testified on April 6 that they had not seen Cabrera driving and the vehicle had not been involved in an accident.
Kessler argued that for a driver to be forced to take a breath test, he or she must be in control of an operable vehicle.
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