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Bobby Jenks arrested on DUI charge

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 23, 2012 11:26 AM

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jenks_mugshot.jpgRed Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks was arrested early this morning in Florida and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Jenks was booked at 3:43 a.m. and released this morning at 8:45 after posting $4,250 bond.

According to the police report, Jenks, 31, faces five charges: two counts of DUI and property damage, one count DUI alcohol or drugs, one count DUI and property damage, and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property.

He is scheduled for a court appearance on April 9, according to the police report.

"We're aware of it and are still gathering information," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told USA Today via a text message.

Jenks is recovering from back surgery and is on the disabled list.

UPDATE, 12:15 pm.: According to the police report, Jenks was at a Fort Myers bar called Babe's. He allegedly struck two vehicles in the establishment's parking lot while driving a white Mercedes Benz SUV.

Jenks was stopped by police a short distance from Babe's at 2:35 a.m. and admitted to erratic driving and striking the two vehicles. He claimed he had taken "too many muscle relaxers."

Jenks, according to the police report, had trouble speaking, was shaking uncontrollably and had dilated pupils with glassy eyes. He agreed to a field sobriety test that officers said he failed.

Babe's features exotic dancers. According to the Red Sox media guide, Jenks is married and has four children.

UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: The Red Sox released this statement on the matter this afternoon: “We have been made aware of a situation regarding Bobby Jenks and take such matters seriously. We are gathering information and will refrain from further comment at this time.”

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