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Milwaukee Brewers ace Gallardo arrested for OWI


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Milwaukee Brewers’ Number One starting pitcher was arrested early Tuesday morning for drunk driving.

Yovani Gallardo was stopped by a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy around 2:10 a.m. on Interstate 94 near 76th Street.

His breath test showed a preliminary blood alcohol level of 0.22 – almost three times the legal limit of 0.08.

It was Gallardo’s first OWI offense – and under Wisconsin law, he was not arrested on a criminal charge. Still, the 27-year-old Gallardo was booked, which is the sheriff’s department’s policy for all OWI tickets and arrests.

The pickup truck he was driving was towed. And he had to call somebody else to be taken home from the jail.

Gallardo is scheduled to make his next start on Thursday against San Francisco at Miller Park. The Brewers did not say if Gallardo would make that start.

They issued a statement that the team has expressed its disappointment – it’s a great concern to everyone in the Brewers’ organization – and Gallardo has admitted the seriousness of the offense, and is taking full accountability.

Sheriff’s records quoted him as saying he drank beer late Monday night at Leff’s Lucky Town – a popular bar for Brewers’ fans in Wauwatosa.

The Brewers have struggled in the first two-plus weeks of the seasons, going 3-8. Gallardo is 0-1 with a bloated earned run average of 6.61.

Milwaukee drafted him in 2004, and he’s been a part of the Brewers’ starting rotation in 2009.

The Journal Sentinel says Gallardo is apparently the first Brewer to be arrested for OWI since 1998, when John Jaha was cited.