MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested on a drunken-driving charge Tuesday morning, after authorities say he was driving on a city highway with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.
Police say deputies responded about 2:00 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver, Milwaukee County sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said. She states a caller reported seeing a driver repeatedly swerving between lanes, and deputies spotted Gallardo driving alone at 40 mph in a 55-mph zone.
"He was very cooperative," McLaughlin said. "He said he had a couple of beers."
The arrest report says Gallardo had red, glassy eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol, and that he failed field-sobriety tests. Authorities say a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, and the reading was matched by a second breath test following his arrest.
The Brewers open a three-game home series against San Francisco on Tuesday night.
Gallardo was a 16-game winner last season, his fourth consecutive season with at least 200 strikeouts. But he has started slowly this season, with a 6.61 ERA in three starts.