Puig’s Reckless Driving Arrest Caught On Dash-Cam: ‘Please Don’t Do This’
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — When Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving in late December, the arresting officer’s dash-cam was rolling — the Florida Highway Patrol has now released the video.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfield sensation was driving 110 miles per hour in a 70 mile-per-hour zone along Interstate 75. Along with Puig in the car was a friend, a cousin and Puig’s own mother.
“I need somebody’s license,” the officer can be heard saying in the video. “He’s probably going to jail, I’m going to tell you that right now.” When asked why, the officer responded, “Why? Fore reckless, ma’am. 110 miles an hour. One, two, three lives at risk, plus passing all the traffic, you tell me.”
The officer, seemingly unaware of who he had pulled over, began speaking Spanish with his suspect. It did not take the officer long to discover that the woman in the car was the driver’s mother, at which point he became upset.
“…oh, you’re going to jail,” the officer said upon the discovery. “Oh, hell yeah.”
Puig can be heard giving a desperate, and ultimately futile, plea to the officer after he was ordered to step outside his vehicle and place his hands behind his back.
“Sir, please don’t do this,” Puig can be heard saying. “I’m really sorry, please don’t do this.”
After the arrest, and the knowledge of who had been arrested, the officer released a brief statement:
“By driving the vehicle in this manner, Mr. Puig showed willful and a total disregard for the safety of his mother and the other two passengers, and any vehicles on the roadway.”
The arrest marks the second time the Cuban rookie was arrested for reckless driving. Puig had previously been arrested as a minor league player in Tennessee, before his promotion to the majors, for reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance.