Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez was arrested early Monday morning in Gwinnett County on charges of DUI, after allegedly weaving in and out of a lane and traveling at a low speed on I-85, confirmed Gwinnett County police spokesman Corporal Jake Smith.
Martinez was pulled over at 2:42 a.m. on I-85 North at Steve Reynolds Boulevard for failure to maintain a single lane by a Gwinnett County police officer who clocked Martinez traveling 40 mph. The officer smelled alcohol on Martinez’s breath, Smith said, and put him through a field sobriety test. Martinez’s blood alcohol registered .13 in a breathalyzer administered at the Gwinnett County jail, Smith said. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.
Martinez was booked into the Gwinnett County jail at 4:24 a.m., on charges of DUI, improper lane change and impeding the flow of traffic. He was released on bond at 10:41 a.m.
Martinez was among a group of Braves pitchers who returned from spring training in Orlando, Fla., ahead of the rest of the team to prepare for Tuesday night’s exhibition game at Gwinnett’s Coolray Field.
Martinez has secured a spot in the Braves bullpen this spring after going 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA in eight appearances, allowing two runs in 13 innings, with three walks, 13 strikeouts and a .159 opponents’ batting average.
Martinez, 30, is in his third season in the Braves organization after appearing in 64 major-league games over the past two seasons.
The Braves released a statement Monday afternoon about the arrest.
"We were very concerned to learn of the arrest of Cristhian Martinez in Gwinnett County this morning," the release said. "We will require him to be evaluated by an independent professional, as provided for in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Until we learn further details and have all the facts, we will withhold further comment at this time."