Wild Pitcher: Derek Lowe Arrested For DUI

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Quite the week for the Atlanta Braves.

First, pitching coach Roger McDowell's gay slurs came under heavy scrutiny from the league. Now pitcher Derek Lowe has been arrested for a DUI.

At least Chipper Jones (.289, 21 RBIs) hasn't been hurt yet this year.

Lowe got popped last night in Atlanta after a trooper stopped him  “detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” and gave him a field sobriety test.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

Lowe's BAC wasn't higher than his WHIP (1.34) but it may have been close.

Lowe refused to take the state administered alcohol test and was booked and taken to the jail in Atlanta. He was released this morning on $2,944 bail.

A police spokesman revealed that Lowe was also charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain in his lane, which is why he was pulled over.

And with that, your latest member of THG's celebrity mug shots gallery, everyone!

Lowe is 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 2011. He is still scheduled to start this Sunday.


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