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Report: Tony La Russa charged with DUI from February arrest

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USA Today

ESPN reported Monday night that recently hired White Sox manager Tony La Russa was charged with driving under the influence following a February arrest.

According to the report, La Russa allegedly ran his car into a curb in the Phoenix area and left it smoking on the side of the road. A peace officer detected a "light odor of alcoholic beverage" while talking with La Russa, who was taken into custody following a field sobriety test. In an affidavit, the peace officer described La Russa as "argumentative."

The affidavit ESPN reported on also included that La Russa refused to submit to a breath test or provide a sample of his blood or urine to test his blood-alcohol level and the officer obtained a search warrant to take two tubes of La Russa's blood.

The case was filed the day before the White Sox announced La Russa's return as manager. A White Sox spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago that the team knew about La Russa's arrest prior to making the hire.

It isn't the first instance of drunken driving for the Hall of Famer, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Florida in 2007.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, La Russa is "in no danger of losing his job or receiving any discipline by the club."

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