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article imageDashcam video of DUI arrest of former Red Sox pitcher released

By Arthur Weinreb     Jan 27, 2012 in Crime
Altamonte Springs - Although the arrest of Curtis Leskanic, 44, took place back in September, the dashcam video of the driving and his arrest has just now been released.
On Sept. 12, 2011, the former right-handed relief pitcher went to pick up his 5-year-old daughter at cheerleading. As reported by KSDK, a concerned parent called 911 after noticing Leskanic's condition when he drove off with his daughter.
According to Altamonte Springs police, they first observed Leskanic passed out behind the wheel of his truck. The vehicle was stopped in the centre lane of a street. The little girl was in the front seat and was not wearing a seatbelt.
The truck then began moving and the dashcam video shows the truck making a right turn from the centre lane he had previously been stopped in. After getting out of the truck, Leskanic has trouble answering the officer's questions, even the "how much did you have to drink" one. Leskanic hesitates and then emphatically says "none."
When asked for his driver's licence, he gives the officer his Major League scouting card.
The former major leaguer was then given a field sobriety test. As can be seen in the video, he is asked to keep one foot in the air as the officer counts off the seconds. Before the officer finishes counting off two seconds, Leskanic stumbles. He is then formally placed under arrest and handcuffed.
Leskanic was charged with one count of DUI and one count of child neglect for having his daughter in the truck.
While Leskanic appears to be cooperative with the officers and their demands, he becomes belligerent after being placed in the rear of a police car. He swears at officers when asked routine questions such as his cell phone number. At one point, the 44-year-old says, "The taxes I pay, you can suck."
According to police, Leskanic had a blood alcohol content of .33; four times the legal limit in the state of Florida.
Leskanic began his major league career with the Colorado Rockies in 1993. He later pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals before ending his 11-year-career with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, the year the BoSox won the World Series.
Lifetime, Leskanic played in 603 games. He recorded 50 wins, 34 losses, and 54 saves. He had a career ERA of 4.36.
During the 2003 season when he pitched for the Brewers and the Royals, he earned $3.7 million.
The dashboard video along with the 911 tape were released earlier this week at a pre-trial hearing into the charges.
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