Drunk driving charges can happen to just about anyone. For instance, consider Milwaukee Brewer Yovani Gallardo. The pitcher was pulled over earlier this month in Milwaukee, and a breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent.
A sheriff's spokesperson said that Gollardo was "very cooperative," and he took a second blood-alcohol test after his arrest. The second test apparently confirmed the findings of the first one.
Police stopped Gollardo's vehicle after a concerned citizen called to report a suspected drunk driver. The caller claimed to have seen Gollardo swerving, and at about 2 a.m., sheriff's deputies reported seeing him driving at 40 miles per hour in a 55 zone.
Field sobriety tests were administered, and Gollardo reportedly failed them. Police also claimed that his speech was slurred and that his eyes were red and glassy.
OWI charges can affect people's employment, and the same goes for professional athletes. A statement was issued from the Brewers saying that the organization is disappointed with Gollardo's behavior and that he is fully responsible for his actions.
Gollardo met with reporters only hours after his arrest, and he apologized to the Brewers fans, his family and his teammates.
While professional athletes and other celebrities might hold apologetic press conferences or issue press releases after a DUI arrest, that doesn't mean that everyone who is charged with drunk driving is automatically guilty. Wisconsin residents accused of OWI have a right to fight the charges, and a solid drunk driving defense can work to mitigate negative repercussions and protect individuals' driving privileges.
Source: sheboyganpress.com, "Brewers: Gallardo arrested for drunk driving," April 16, 2013