Drake Britton, a lefthanded pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, was arrested Saturday morning in Estero, Fla., and charged with driving under the influence.
According to a report from weei.com, Britton also faces charges of reckless driving and property damage. The arrest report states that he drove his pickup truck 111 mph in a 45-mph zone and swerved among other vehicles before jumping a curve and knocking over a barbed-wire fence. He continued down a dirt road for another quarter-mile and attempted to drive into a wooded area before stopping.
Britton refused to take a breath test but told the arresting office he had been drinking.
Britton, 23, signed for $700,000 as a 23rd-round pick out of Tomball (Texas) High in 2007. He went 7-12, 4.44 with 118 strikeouts in 130 innings last year between high Class A Salem and Double-A Portland, and he ranked No. 11 on our Red Sox Top 30 Prospects list in the 2013 Prospect Handbook.
Britton had been attending Boston's major league camp for the first time this spring, but the team optioned him to Portland on Monday.
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