Bobby Jenks apologizes to team

Updated: March 26, 2012, 10:25 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks apologized to the team on Sunday after his arrest last week on DUI charges.

"I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my teammates and to the Red Sox organization for any distractions I may have caused," Jenks said in a statement released by the team. "I still need to let the legal process run its course and until it does, I will not be able to make any further comment."

Jenks was arrested early Friday morning and charged with five misdemeanors, including driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property, according to the Lee County, Fla., sheriff's office.

The police report indicated Jenks was booked at 3:43 a.m. ET and released on $4,250 bail at 8:45 a.m. Jenks also was charged with three counts of DUI and damage to property. He is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on April 9.

The 31-year-old Jenks agreed to a field sobriety test but said, according to the report, "I'm going to fail it." During the test, Jenks indicated he couldn't complete it because he was "messed up." Jenks was then arrested, according to the report.

Before the sobriety test, Jenks was asked whether he had taken anything other than muscle relaxers and replied, according to the report, "I'm going to be honest with you, I was just leaving Babes because I hit a car. I just had to get out of there."

Babes is an adult entertainment club near where Jenks was pulled over.

A bouncer at Babes told police that a white Mercedes SUV pulled into the club's parking lot at around 11:45 p.m. and struck a parked truck. The man confronted the driver, who according to the police report matched Jenks' description, and asked him to either park the car or leave. The bouncer, who also said he'd call the driver a cab, told police the driver then hit another vehicle before eventually pulling away.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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