Florida state attorney drops charges against Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig

Oct 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (left) talks with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (right) before game six of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The power of celebrity may have won again as the Florida state attorney’s office has decided to drop charges against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

The powerful phenom was charged with reckless driving for going 110mph in a 70mph zone in late December and could be seen on camera crying. The arresting officer wasn’t buying the somber remorse, lecturing Puig for driving so fast with his Mother in the car but the state attorney office simply wasn’t interested in pursuing charges, citing insufficient evidence.

The state attorney’s office has dropped a reckless driving charge filed against the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder arrested in December while driving 110 mph on Alligator Alley.

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Yasiel Puig, who was allegedly speeding in a 70 mph zone near mile marker 99 in Collier County. He was traveling in a 2013 white Mercedes.

Puig was taken to Collier County Jail on a misdemeanor willful and wanton reckless driving charge, but the state attorney’s office has ruled there is insufficient evidence in the case.

The reason for the lack of evidence is under Florida law, to prove a driver was being reckless, they need to be able to confirm a driver having a disregard for the road. Puig was ‘only’ deemed to be speeding, though he will need to pay a hefty fine for his actions.

Topics: Los Angeles Dodgers, Yasiel Puig

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