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Former Sox pitcher Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  April 29, 2011 08:38 AM

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Former Red Sox and current Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested last night for driving under the influence, Georgia State Police told the Atlanta Journal Constiution.

Lowe was pulled over around 10 p.m. last night. A trooper "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on Lowe's breath. The 37-year-old pitcher took a field sobriety test but refused a state-administered alcohol test. He was taken to jail and was also charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

Lowe pitched for the Red Sox from 1997 to 2004. He won 21 games for the Red Sox in 2002 and was a playoff hero in 2004, winning the clinching games against the Angels, Yankees, and Cardinals as the Sox won their first World Series title since 1918. Lowe left as a free agent following the 2004 season, with off-the-field issues factoring into Boston's decision not to bring him back.

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