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FORT PIERCE — Evidence released Tuesday by the State Attorney's Office indicates Detroit Tigers all-star Miguel Cabrera was driving recklessly and forced vehicles off the road before he was arrested late Feb. 16 in western St. Lucie County on DUI and other charges.
Two Walmart truck drivers told authorities a black Ranger Rover, which law enforcement later determined to be Cabrera's, forced one of their tractor-trailer rigs off Okeechobee Road and forced an oncoming car to take "evasive action and (go) totally onto the grass shoulder in order not to hit the sport utility vehicle head-on."
One of the drivers called 911 in Okeechobee County to report the incident and said he believed the driver of the Range Rover was drunk or under the influence of drugs because of his erratic and dangerous driving.
The driver also reported the SUV, with smoke coming from its hood, had pulled to the side of Okeechobee Road and stopped. That's where, about 11 p.m. Feb. 16, a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted Cabrera's black Land Rover and arrested the ballplayer 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 deputy reported Cabrera, a native of Venezuela with a Boca Raton address, grabbed a bottle of James Buchanan's Scotch and started drinking during the stop. Photos of the bottle are included in the evidence.
The encounter with the truck drivers happened after investigators say Cabrera threatened to blow up Cowboy's Bar-B-Q & Steak Co. at 5000 Okeechobee Road when he arrived too late in the night for service.
Cabrera has retained Fort Pierce attorney Michael Kessler, who filed paperwork to waive his client's appearance at arraignment and entered a written not-guilty plea. Neither Cabrera nor Kessler appeared at a docket call April 15 before County Judge Cliff Barnes, and the hearing was postponed until June 10.
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