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Ben's Sports Take: Chewing Tobacco Saves the Day for Derek Lowe

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The DUI and reckless driving charges levied against Braves starting pitcher Derek Lowe nearly a month ago were dropped on Thursday due to fame stature police error?

According to the story in yesterday's AJC, the arresting officer "jumped to a conclusion and made a lot of mistakes" during the April 28th arrest on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Lowe, who was driving his 2011 Porsche Panamera, was allegedly racing another driver in a Camaro and was ultimately charged with improper lane change, reckless driving and driving under the influence before being taken to Atlanta city jail despite performing "remarkably well" on his field sobriety test.

Defense attorney Bubba Head (real name) said that the alcoholic beverage odor that was detected on Lowe's breath "may have come from the pitcher's chewing tobacco."

Wow, it doesn't get more "baseball" than that, does it?



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