Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Puig Arrested for Speeding

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Puig Arrested for Speeding

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time this year after officers clocked him going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.

A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said a white Mercedes driven Puig, 23, a Cuban defector, was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail near Naples, Fla., for processing. Puig lives near Miami in the offseason.

A Dodgers spokesperson declined to comment on Puig's latest arrest.

In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were dismissed in after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.

Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers this past season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the National League Championship Series, where they lost to St. Louis, and was runner-up for the rookie of the year award. Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million in 2013.


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