Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Sidney Ponson Arrested

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

August 25, 2005

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson has been arrested for driving under the influence and driving while impaired.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police Corporal Pamela Thorne
says the arrest was made after a traffic stop at 1:31 a.m.
on southbound Interstate-95, south of I-395.

Thorne says Ponson was driving a 2005 Mercedes-Benz and was
stopped for following too closely. He was subsequently arrested for
the traffic violation, DUI and DWI and has been released.

Ponson was previously charged with driving under the influence
in Broward County, Florida, in January. That arrest came just weeks
after he spent eleven days in an Aruban jail for a Christmas Day
fight at a beach. He apologized for the fight and reached a
settlement that involved community service and a charitable

Ponson has been on the disabled list with a calf strain and
hasn't pitched since August 7. An MRI yesterday found a
torn ligament in his thumb, and he was expected to be out of action
for at least three more weeks.

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