The pitcher of a minor league baseball team was injured and arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol after he reportedly crashed his car and caused $20,000 in damages.
23-year-old Konnor Ash is a minor league baseball player who is the current pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies single-A Clearwater Threshers.
Just before 9:00 PM on March 11, Ash was driving when he was seen by deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s DUI Unit. He was allegedly speeding down the Belleair Causeway in Belleair Cliffs.
It was reported that the vehicle went out of the line of sight. Immediately after, the deputies heard a loud crash.
When the police approached the site, they reported that Ash hit a wall and a Florida Department of Transportation speed limit sign with his car. The man was reportedly sitting outside the vehicle on the ground.
According to reports, Ash showed several indications of intoxication. The deputies reported that they could smell alcohol on his breath and that his eyes were red.
When he talked to the deputies about what happened, Ash reportedly told them he lost control of the car, and it resulted in the crash.
Ash was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment of his injuries, which are said to be minor. He would not consent to a blood sample.
After he was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He is expected to face charges for driving under the influence with property damage.
It was reported that $20,000 worth of damage was done during the crash.
The Phillies director of player development gave a statement about the incident and said they take these types of situations very seriously. He declined to comment further since the investigation is ongoing.
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