One Of Dodgers Top Prospects Arrested In Chattanooga; Going 97 MPH On Amnicola Highway

Monday, April 29, 2013

One of the Los Angeles Dodgers' top prospects was arrested early Sunday in Chattanooga.

Yasiel Puig, 22, was taken to the Hamilton County Jail on charges of reckless driving, speeding and not having insurance. Police said Puig was driving 97 miles per hour in a 50-mile-per-hour zone on Amnicola Highway.

In the incident at 1:01 a.m., an officer said he saw a BMW traveling at "an extremely high rate of speed." He said the car went from one lane and back to another and came close to hitting another car.

The officer said it took blue lights and multiple siren blasts to get the car to pull over.

He said a passenger in the BMW had to translate. It was found that Puig was to be the designated driver for his friend, the report says.

The officer said, "After considering the alarming amount of danger in which the driver put his passenger, I made the decision to make a physical arrest of the driver. The driver was clearly driving with wanton disregard for the safety of other citizen drivers as well as himself and his passenger."

Puig, a defector from Cuba, has a sprained thumb and has been out of the lineup of the Chattanooga Lookouts in recent days.

He had been taken out of one game earlier in the season in the third inning for "a mental mistake." He apparently had not run out a fly ball. 

The Dodgers signed Puig to a seven-year deal worth $42 million last June.

He battled .526 during spring training with the Major League club.

Puig is set to go before General Sessions Court Judge David Bales on May 14.


Walker County Arrest Report For July 27-Aug. 2

Here is the Walker County arrest report for July 27-Aug. 2: BAGGETT TIFFANY JOANN WF 25 Officer STANFIELD DUI (DRUGS), DRIVING PERMIT HOLDER DRIVING WITHOUT CLASS C OR HIGHER LICENSED DRIVER AFE 21 OR OLDER IN VEHICLE MOORE RICKY SCOTT WM 35 Officer GASS DRIVING ON SUSPENDED, FTML, DUI (LESS SAFE), NO INSURANCE JUV JUV JUV WM - Officer GEBELEIN ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AGER, ELIZABETH JOHANNA  430 W 38TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 374100000  Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT UNDER $500 CRIMINAL TRESPASSING --- BIVENS, ANGELA CHERIE  716 ELY ROAD HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 33 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

How To Be #ChattanoogaStrong

Chattanooga is my home; I was born here 35 years ago. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most challenging times in our city's history. The #ChattanoogaStrong hashtag will remain for quite some time, but it means so much more than 18 characters on social media. It represents the sorrow and mourning, as well as the resilience and compassion, of our exceptional community.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)

CFC Returns To National Championship With 3-0 Semifinal Win

The Chattanooga Football Club didn't score until the 69th minute but after Chris Ochieng's first goal, they would score two more to earn a 3-0 win over visiting Indiana Fire.   The NPSL national semifinal win, before more than 9,200 fans, gives Chattanooga another shot at a national championship after losing to the New York Red Bulls U23 team in the 2014 final.   ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Chattanooga FC Shuts Out Indiana By 3-Nil