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.



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)

East Ridge Man Crashes Into Kors Appliances

A 43-year-old East Ridge man who ran his car into a Brainerd Road business and then fled the scene is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Sessions Court on Aug. 5.   Alpha Himayoro Sy, a native of Senegal who resides at 730 Germantown Circle, faces numerous charges. They include leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exercise due care, reckless driving, ... (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