Sunday, July 6, 2014
Pair of Mets minor leaguers arrested
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Two New York Mets minor leaguers have been arrested for allegedly drag racing at speeds of more than 100 mph early Friday morning, according to a press release issued by the city of Kingsport, Tenn.
Citing an incident report from the Kingsport Police Department, outfielders Wuilmer Becerra and Vicente Lupo were arrested, director of community and government relations Tim Whaley indicated.
Becerra, 19, allegedly was traveling at 107 mph in a 2013 Dodge Challenger. Lupo, 20, allegedly was clocked at 104 mph while driving a Ford Mustang “in close proximity.”
Whaley indicated that one vehicle stopped immediately in response to an officer’s siren and lights, while the second vehicle stopped shortly thereafter.
Becerra and Lupo were charged with drag racing, a Class B misdemeanor offense.
Both outfielders are from Venezuela and neither was carrying a U.S. driver’s license, according to the report. No alcohol was involved, Whaley said.
Becerra was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays with Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in the deal for R.A. Dickey.
Lupo played the night of the arrest as well as Saturday. Becerra did not play Friday, but since has appeared in both Kingsport games.
A Mets spokesman said the club was aware of the arrests but declined further comment.