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.
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.