Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks was arrested and charged with DUI and four other counts on Friday morning, including leaving the scene of the accident, told Lee County, Florida police he was driving erratically at the time of his arrest because "I took too many muscle relaxers."
According to the arrest sheet for the 31-year-old Jenks, Deputy Marsha Sutphin stopped a white Mercedes Benz SUV near the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers at 2:35 AM Friday. The driver of the car was identified as Jenks, who was asked by the officers if he knew why he was pulled over.
"Probably because I was all over the road back there," said Jenks.
And when Deputy Sutphin asked Jenks why he was driving all over the road, Jenks told the officer that he "took too many muscle relaxers."
The officer reported that Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking while being questioned.
When Deputy Sutphin asked Jenks if he had taken anything else other than the muscle relaxers, he told the officer that he "was going to be honest with you, I was just leaving Babes because I hit a car. I just had to get out of there."
Babe's is a night club in Fort Myers. A bouncer at the club told officers that a Mercedes Benz SUV drove into the parking lot and struck a parked truck around 11:45 PM. The bouncer -- who told the officers the driver of the SUV was wearing the same clothes as Jenks at the time of his arrest and had large amounts of tattoos on his left arm, just as Jenks does -- told officers he tried to get Jenks out of the car, offering to call him a cab. Jenks, according to the bouncer, drove into another car before driving off.
After telling Deputy Sutphin that he left the club after hitting a car, Jenks was then asked if he would submit to a field sobriety test. Jenks -- who, according to the report, had dilated pupils, very slurred speech and glassy eyes, agreed to take the test but told officers that he would fail it.
Jenks was unable to pass the test and was arrested for DUI.
To read the arrest report click here.
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