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Posted at 9:48 AM ET, 02/17/2011

Miguel Cabrera arrested for DUI in Florida

By Cindy Boren

It's been a weird week. Twice now, athletes have sprung the "Do you know who I am?" line.

And twice now it hasn't really worked out as they might have hoped.

cabreramug.jpgMiguel Cabrera is the latest, joining Legedu Naanee. The Detroit Tigers slugger was arrested late Wednesday on drunken driving charges after he was found in a car that was smoking on the side of the road in Ft. Pierce, Fla., which is about 100 miles from the Tigers' spring facility in Lakeland.. He smelled of alcohol, his eyes were red and his speech slurred, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies, in their arrest affadavit, said Cabrera repeated, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems." He picked up a bottle of Scotch whiskey and started drinking, the report states. He refused to get into the patrol car and, according to the freep.com, "the arresting deputy said he lifted Cabrera's left hand to gain pain compliance and Cabrera then 'pushed off the vehicle into me,' according to the report. The deputy then delivered 3-4 knee spikes into Cabrera's left thigh muscle. Cabrera fell into the vehicle, according to police."

Cabrera, 27, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting an officer without violence; he posted $1,350 bond and was released early this morning. A year ago during spring training, Cabrera said was no longer drinking and had spend much of the offseason in counseling. "You guys write in the paper 'alcoholic,' that's not right," he told freepmcom last March. "I don't know how to explain, but it's not an alcohol problem."

Naanee used the Cabrera line earlier in the week when he was busted for public intoxication and resisting arrest in Indianapolis.

"Don't you know who I am? I am an NFL player and I'm going to sue your [posterior]," according to an officer.

By Cindy Boren  | February 17, 2011; 9:48 AM ET
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Comments

"a car that was smoking"

"pain compliance"

"3-4 knee spikes into Cabrera's left thigh muscle"

Good grief, this story's got it all!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 17, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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