GWINNETT COUNTY, Georgia – Norcross police arrested Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna on a DUI charge.
Ozuna was clocked just after 12:30 p.m. Friday at about 90 mph in a 35 mph zone along Beaver Ruin Road, according to an incident report from Norcross Police.
Channel 2’s Matt Johnson walked viewers through the body camera video of Ozuna’s arrest Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.
Once Ozuna was apprehended, the officer said, “The driver immediately said, ‘Sorry, I’m sorry, I’m Ozuna from the Braves.’
“I discovered the smell of an alcoholic drink coming from the vehicle, in addition to Mr. Ozuna’s red/watery eyes. I informed Mr Ozuna of the reason for the traffic stop, for which he again apologized and showed an insurance card. I asked Mr. Ozuna what he was doing in Norcross, and he replied ‘the party’. I later found out that Mr. Ozuna was on his way to a nearby nightclub,” the responding officer said in the report.
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In the police bodycam video, Ozuna said a lot to convince the officer that he didn’t drink much, but it didn’t help him avoid jail.
‘What did you drink? Beer?” the officer asked Ozuna. “How much?”
“Three, four,” Ozuna said.
“If I’m drunk, I don’t drive,” Ozuna told the officer in the video.
Police put him through a field sobriety test, but noted that the Braves player was confused at times.
“Shall I go like this?” Ozuna asked the officer.
“Okay, let me tell you the instructions again,” the officer said.
According to Gwinnett County jail records, Ozuna was arrested and booked around 4:30 a.m. Friday on charges of drink-driving and lane-keeping.
Channel 2 Action News received the following statement from the Atlanta Braves:
“The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all the facts regarding the incident. Our organization takes these matters very seriously and (we) are obviously disappointed with the situation. As this is a legal matter, we will not comment further until the process is completed.”
Alison Mastrangelo from Channel 2 spoke to Ozuna who made a brief statement from the locker room Friday afternoon.
“I am disappointed. I have disappointed my team and my family,” said Ozuna. “I have nothing to say, and that is a legal matter.”
The DUI arrest is the latest legal issue for the Braves outfielder.
In May 2021, Ozuna was charged with assaulting and strangling his estranged wife at his home in Sandy Springs. She told police she and her husband argued over infidelity before he strangled her and threw her against a wall, according to court documents.
He was originally arrested on a charge of aggravated assault by strangulation, but prosecutors dropped the charges in July. Ozuna continued to face charges of domestic violence, assault and simple assault.
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In September, Ozuna agreed to complete a state’s preliminary injunction program, allowing offenders to meet requirements before the court date in exchange for the complete dismissal of their case. Under the agreement, there was a list of conditions that Ozuna had to complete within six months, including a family violence intervention program.
Major League Baseball has retroactively suspended the outfielder for 20 games without wages while he was on administrative leave during the investigation. Ozuna has rejoined the team this season.
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