Puig - Wrapped Up In National League Playoffs - Gets Another Reprieve On Chattanooga Court Date

Monday, September 30, 2013

Major League baseball sensation Yasiel Puig, who is currently wrapped up in the National League playoffs, got another reprieve on his date before a Chattanooga judge.

He was set to appear Monday before General Sessions Court Judge David Bales 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.

However, the case was once again postponed. The new date is Wednesday, Nov. 6

Puig's first court date was May 14, and it has been passed several times.

He started out the season with the Chattanooga Lookouts, but by the time of his first court date on May 14 he had departed for LA, where he led a dramatic resurgence of the Dodgers.  

He eventually will have to face up to the charge here, his attorney, Mike Little, said earlier.

Attorney Little stated at the time, "He will be coming back to court. He won't get special treatment."

There is a "120-day" policy of getting cases heard in General Sessions Court, but attorney Little said that is sometimes waived if there is good reason.

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."

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, and he has provided a spark to the Dodger offense since being called up.

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