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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese's DWI is violation of probation

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St. Louis (KSDK) - Authorites in Riverview County California have the Maryland Heights Police report detailing the recent DWI arrest of Cardinals third baseman David Freese. Authorities there are investigating if Freese violated his probation he received as a sentence for misdemeanor resisting arrest two years ago in California.

The Cardinals 2008 media guide states that Freese spent the entire 2007 season at Lake Elsinore, playing in the California League.

Officials with the Riverside County District Attorney's office say on January 3, 2008, Freese pled guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest and was sentenced to three years probation after an incident September 12, 2007. Freese was arrested by police in Lake Elsinore, California. Lake Elsinore Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said Freese was originally booked for being under intoxication, being intoxicated in public, and resisting and delaying an officer in his duties. John Hall, public information officer for the Riverside County District Attorney's office, says a second count of misdemeanor public intoxication was dismissed.

The probation from that sentence is set to end January 2, 2011. Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Jason Stone said a DWI charge would qualify as a violation of that probation.

Deputy district attorney Stone said the terms of Freese's probation included not having any negative contact with law enforcement, and obeying all laws, ordinances, and court ordinances. Stone said Freese's status as a professional baseball player would not affect prosecutors' decision-making.

Court records also show Freese was arrested in November 2002 for DWI in Ballwin. At that time, Freese was nineteen-years-old.


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