PHOENIX (AP/3TV/CBS 5) -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer and current Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa was reportedly arrested for DUI in Phoenix earlier this year.
According to the Maricopa County Justice Courts website, the arrest occurred in February, but charges weren't filed until Oct. 28, one day before La Russa's hiring was announced by the White Sox.
According court paperwork obtained by Arizona's Family, on the night of Feb. 24, Department of Public Safety troopers spoke to La Russa as he was standing near his SUV on SR-143 near Sky Harbor Airport. He reportedly told them he ran his car into a curb and had a tire blowout. La Russa was taken into custody following a field sobriety test.
Court paperwork shows La Russa's blood-alcohol content was 0.08, resulting in a misdemeanor charge that could be punishable by up to 10 days in prison
White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said the team was aware of the arrest when the 76-year-old La Russa was hired.
"Because this is an active case, we cannot comment further at this time,” Reifert said Monday night in an email.
This arrest marks La Russa's second known DUI arrest. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Florida back in 2007 after police found him asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stoplight and smelling of alcohol. “I accept full responsibility for my conduct, and assure everyone that I have learned a very valuable lesson and that this will never occur again,” La Russa said at the time.
La Russa was hired by Chicago in a surprise move after Rick Renteria was let go in what the team insisted was a mutual decision. La Russa, who is friends with team owner Jerry Reinsdorf, started his managing career with the White Sox during the 1979 season.
The Hall of Famer hasn't managed a big league club since 2011, when he led St. Louis past Texas in the World Series. He also won championships with Oakland in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006.