FORT MYERS, Fla. — Authorities say Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy saw Jenks’ SUV driving erratically early Friday in Fort Myers. Jenks has been released on bail.
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An arrest report says Jenks told the deputy he had taken “too many muscle relaxers.” The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.
The report says Jenks also told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club. The deputy found a small amount of damage on his bumper.
The sheriff’s office says the club’s bouncer saw Jenks drive into a pickup truck in the parking lot before driving off.
Jenks faces DUI charges and a hit-and-run charge. Red Sox officials said they were aware of Jenks’ arrest but declined further comment.
“We have been made aware of a situation regarding Bobby Jenks and take such matters seriously,” a team statement said. “We are gathering information.”
New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was approached by media this morning at the team’s complex, regarding the incident.
“You guys must know a lot more than I do,” Valentine told reporters. “I got a little text.”
Valentine said he was made aware of the situation at about 10:15 a.m. Friday.