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Humble La Russa sorry after DUI arrest

TONY LA RUSSA Asleep at wheel

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was arrested early yesterday on a drunken driving charge after police said they found him asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stoplight.

La Russa gave two breath samples and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.093 percent, Jupiter police said in a statement. Florida's legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.

"I'm not sure what type of statement to give," La Russa said after his team's 2-1 spring training loss to the Florida Marlins later in the afternoon.

"Last night's situation is the opposite of feeling good. It was an embarrassment, so I apologize to anyone who is close to me, members of the Cardinals organization, our fans. I regret it, take responsibility, and I'm not sure there is anything else I can say."

Undercover officers saw La Russa's SUV sitting partially in an intersection around midnight and not moving despite two green lights. Officers knocked on the window and La Russa did not initially respond.

The SUV was in drive and running, with La Russa's foot on the brake, police said. La Russa was cooperative during his arrest, police said.

La Russa, 62, was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on the misdemeanor count about four hours later, according to police and jail records. He was released after posting $500 cash bond.

When La Russa walked onto the field before the game, many fans stood and applauded.

"That was a really nice gesture," La Russa said.

The Cardinals said the team takes "these matters very seriously" and apologized for any embarrassment and distractions.

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