Sauerbeck avoids jail, must talk to kids about alcohol

AVON LAKE, Ohio -- Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Sauerbeck was ordered to speak to children about alcohol for fleeing police along with a woman charged with driving his car while drunk.

Sauerbeck pleaded guilty Tuesday in Avon Lake Municipal Court to obstruction of official business and permitting someone intoxicated to drive his car. He was fined $1,750 and ordered to address students in three local school districts about alcohol use, court documents show.

He had faced a maximum 30 days in jail on both charges. The 60 days were suspended, provided Sauerbeck has no similar offenses for a year.

Sauerbeck was a member of the Indians when he was arrested May 30 in suburban Cleveland. Police said they spotted the 34-year-old and a woman in a car weaving at 3:45 a.m. He was the passenger in his 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible, which Lily Miller was driving.

Police say the two attempted to evade officers by parking the car and going into a residential backyard. The homeowner reported hearing voices outside and police found them hiding under some bushes.

Sauerbeck, who lives in Florida during the offseason with his wife and two children, publicly apologized to his family, the Indians and Cleveland fans after his arrest.

The Indians designated him for assignment 10 days later and released him June 16. Sauerbeck was 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Cleveland.

Oakland agreed to a one-year contract with Sauerbeck on June 19. He has a 1.80 ERA in eight appearances with the A's.

Miller's court case is pending.