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Sox minor leaguer Denney arrested

3/14/2014 - Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox minor leaguer Jonathan Denney was arrested early Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla., on the misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.

The 19-year-old catcher was booked after being pulled over twice by police in a span of just over two hours in the Fort Myers Beach area, according to the arrest report obtained from Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Denney was first cited at 11:57 p.m., after his black Ford Raptor fishtailed as he sped away from a stop sign. At that time, he gave the officer his passport along with a paper license from his home state of Arkansas that indicated he was restricted to driving only for business and in case of emergency due to a previous DUI.

When asked by the officer what he was doing in the area, Denney replied that he was "partying and looking to get some p----," the report stated. A criminal citation was issued and Denney called for a friend to drive him home.

About two hours later, Denney was spotted getting into his truck and was pulled over shortly after. When police asked him why he was driving, he said he was giving a female in the truck a ride. According to the report, Denney then "became belligerent and started cussing" at police.

He told police "he was a Boston Red Sox player" and "made more money than we would ever see," the officer wrote in the report. After being handcuffed, Denney said he would be "out in no time because of who he played for and that he made $3 million a year," according to the report.

Denney posted $500 bail and was released Thursday. He is due in court on March 31.

Selected in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Yukon, Okla., the 6-foot-2 Denney got an $875,000 signing bonus and spent last season with the rookie league's Gulf Coast Red Sox. He's projected to start this season with the Class A Greenville Drive and is ranked by SoxProspects.com as the club's 32nd-best prospect.

Denney is the second Red Sox minor leaguer to be arrested in the Fort Myers area in the past two years. Last spring, pitcher Drake Britton was charged with a DUI.