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Cardinals' manager found asleep inside running vehicle

  • St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, seen in this photo provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office, was arrested Thursday, March 22, 2007 in Jupiter, Fla., on suspicion of drunken driving after police said they found asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stop light and smelled alcohol. (AP Photo/HO, Palm Beach County Sheriff)

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was arrested Thursday on a drunken driving charge after police said they found him asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stop light.

The 62-year-old La Russa gave two breath samples and had a blood alcohol content of 0.093 percent, Jupiter police said in a statement. Florida's legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.

Undercover officers saw La Russa's SUV partly in an intersection around midnight and not moving despite two green lights, police said. Officers knocked on the vehicle's window and La Russa did not initially respond.

The SUV was in drive and running, with La Russa's foot on the brake, police said. When he eventually woke up, the officers asked him to get out of the car.

He was arrested and booked at the Palm Beach County jail on the misdemeanor, according to police and jail records. He was released about 8:30 a.m. after posting $500 cash bond, said Paul Miller, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

La Russa's attorney, David Roth, declined to comment. A call to La Russa's cell phone rang unanswered.

The Cardinals play spring training games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.


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