Darryl Strawberry, the suspended outfielder for the New York Yankees, was arrested today and jailed on charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
No one was reported injured in the incident. Strawberry’s sports utility vehicle hit a street sign and a car while weaving through traffic outside downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. An off-duty deputy, watching through his rearview mirror, saw Strawberry “weaving all over the road,” the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy watched Strawberry’s SUV veer off the roadway and hit a street sign, then come back onto the road, police said. The officer then followed him, saw him strike an Isuzu, and drive on.
The deputy, driving an unmarked vehicle, flagged down Strawberry a few blocks away and held him until on-duty officers arrived.
Strawberry was held at the scene in the back of a deputy’s cruiser, then was taken to jail, deputies said. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, property damage and reckless driving.
He rejoined the Yankees last season, but was suspended for most of it after his arrest in Tampa in April 1999 on drug and solicitation charges.
Strawberry pleaded no contest to those charges and was sentenced to probation. He was suspended from baseball for a year in February after he tested positive for cocaine in January.
The eight-time All-Star, started his career with the New York Mets and later played in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has twice undergone colon cancer surgery, most recently in August.