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Tampa Gator pitcher charged with DUI



Florida senior pitcher Stephen Locke was arrested by Gainesville police early Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

Locke, according to police, was driving erratically on W. University Ave., just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning. The Mercury SUV Locke was driving was traveling at more than 10 mph below the speed limit.

A former Tampa King standout, Locke allegedly crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic, forcing another vehicle to swerve to avoid a head-on collision, the report states. He later crossed back into his own lane and then drove into the bike lane.

When a GPD officer stopped Locke ( who was wearing an armband from a local bar called the Grog House), alcohol could be smelled on his breath, according to police, and his speech was slurred. Locke refused to undergo a field sobriety test and was arrested and taken to the Alachua County Jail.

Locke had 12 starts for the Gators last season, second on the team. He was 5-2 with a 3.17 ERA in a career-high 21 appearances. He struck out 46 batters and allowed just 13 walks in 82.1 innings. He had the Gators' lowest ERA in SEC play (2.91).

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:46pm]


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