TAMPA BAY PITCHING COACH BEDEVILED WITH DUI ARREST: The pitching coach of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays missed the bag, as he was arrested for a DUI after fleeing from police:
THE HEATER reports that James J. Hickey was charged with the DUI, along with a hit & run and resisting arrest, after a bang-up and pursuit late Sunday.
Authorities say Hickey rammed his pickup into the back of another pickup driven by the D-Rays’ batboy just outside of Tropicana Field. Although the batboy pulled his car over, an undercover cop saw Hickey drive off.
The plainclothes policeman followed Hickey to Interstate 275, where he radioed fellow officers about the vehicle. Police soon stopped Hickey, but they had to drag him out of the car after he wouldn’t come out voluntarily. Hickey also struggled with the cops before he could be cuffed.
The police report noted that Hickey “had a strong odor of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he swayed and appeared disoriented.” However, he refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test.
Hickey latter admitted his actions were a “horrible mistake” and a “total lack of judgment” on his part. He added that the arrest would likely put his employment in jeopardy, saying the team has “every right to go in any direction they want to.”
We know it can’t be fun to be part of the Devil Rays, but this seems like an extreme way to get out of a job.