Police body camera footage shows Marcell Ozuna’s DUI arrest


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Atlanta Braves outfielder and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failing to maintain his lane early Friday morning.

He was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail and released on bail.

Marcell Ozuna #20 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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The Norcross Police Department released body camera footage of the arrest on Friday, in which Ozuna was pulled over for speeding and failing to maintain his lane.

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In the video, Ozuna can be heard telling the officer that he is “Ozuna of the Braves” as he hands the officer his driver’s license and MLB ID.

After getting out of his vehicle, Ozuna tells the officer that he can drive and that he was celebrating after the Braves won a game.

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After initially telling the officer he hadn’t been drinking, Ozuna admits he had “three, four” beers and was good to drive as he headed to an after-party. .

Ozuna refused a breathalyzer and was handcuffed.

Ozuna was not in the Braves lineup against the Houston Astros on Friday and spoke to reporters briefly before the game without answering any questions.

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“I disappointed my team,” he said. “I disappointed my family. I have nothing more to say. It’s a matter of rights.”

Ozuna's arrest for drunk driving was the second legal problem he faced in recent years.

Ozuna’s arrest for drunk driving was the second legal problem he faced in recent years.
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Ozuna is in the second year of a four-year, $65 million contract with the Braves and is hitting .214 with 46 RBIs and 20 homers in 107 games.

“The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all facts relating to the incident,” the team said in a statement. “Our organization takes these matters very seriously, and (we) are obviously disappointed with the situation. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment until the process is complete. “

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This is the second time in the past 15 months that Ozuna has come into conflict with the law. Ozuna was arrested for battery and aggravated assault by strangulation in May 2021 after officers said they saw him suffocate his wife. These charges were later reduced to a domestic violence misdemeanor.

Marcell Ozuna #20 and William Contreras #24 of the Atlanta Braves watch from the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Truist Park on August 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Marcell Ozuna #20 and William Contreras #24 of the Atlanta Braves watch from the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Truist Park on August 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Ozuna was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, take an anger management course and complete a 24-week domestic violence intervention program.

He returned to the Braves in March after being placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball and retroactively suspended 20 games in November.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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