Speeding charges dropped against Dodgers' Yasiel Puig
On the recommendation of the District Attorney's office, Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge David Bales dismissed speeding and reckless driving charges against former Chattanooga Lookouts player Yasiel Puig, now a star for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Puig was arrested in April when officers clocked him driving 97 miles per hour on Amnicola Highway on April 28, 2013. The police report said officers had to use "multiple siren blasts" to get Puig to pull over, after he had driven recklessly "and put his passenger in an alarming amount of danger." The report from Officer Casey Cleveland concluded, "He was clearly driving with wanton disregard for the safety of other citizen drivers."
During Puig's hearing on Wednesday, the judge read a letter from a Dodgers marketing executive, detailing several community events in which the Dodgers say Puig participated, including signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.
On the recommendation of Executive Asst. DA Neal Pinkston, Judge Bales ruled that all charges be dismissed, due in part to Puig's activities in Los Angeles, and since he is no longer a Chattanooga resident.
Puig did not respond to questions from reporters on his way out of the courtroom. Later, his attorney Mike Little told Eyewitness News that Puig "was remorseful, knows speeding is dangerous, and doesn't plan to do it again."