Monday, March 12, 2012
Eric Langill charged with DUI
By Adam Rubin
LAKELAND, Fla. -- New York Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and charged with driving under the influence with property damage, a misdemeanor, according to a county arrest affidavit issued Monday.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Langill spent the night in jail but has since posted bond and been released.
According to the affidavit from the arresting officer, Langill's white Honda Accord crashed into a concrete fountain in the center of a traffic circle and flipped over at approximately 11:25 p.m. ET Sunday. Langill tried to leave the scene on foot but was "kept there" until law enforcement arrived, the report stated.
Langill told the officer he was leaving a local bowling alley and sports bar immediately before the incident; the Mets held a team bowling event that night. Alderson attended the event and insisted the team-sponsored bowling portion of the evening ended nearly 2½ hours before the accident.
"It does raise some concern," Alderson said. "However, I was at bowling night. I was there when it concluded. It substantially concluded at approximately 8:45. This incident occurred at approximate 11:30, 11:20 -- something like that. So, from that standpoint, there was a significant amount of time between when this official event ended and when this incident occurred.
"Obviously we want to make sure to the degree we're having an official event, that players and staff and others participating handle themselves responsibly. That's one of the concerns that we will address."
Langill failed a field sobriety test, the report stated. He told the officer he had consumed two to three drinks, according to the affidavit.
"In speaking with Eric, I smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming off his breath and noticed his speech was very slurred," the officer wrote. "His eyes were bloodshot and watery and his face flushed. He appeared intoxicated."
Langill, 32, joined the Mets last June as bullpen catcher. He was a 34th-round pick of the Montreal Expos in June 1999 and later played at Triple-A with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He resides in Kirkland, Quebec.
"At this point we don't have all the facts," Alderson said. "We will be talking to Eric and try to gather as many of the facts as we possibly can before we decide on a disposition. Obviously we're very disappointed this happened."