By Rob Mueller
June 25, 2002
AUGUSTA, Ga.–Former major league manager Terry Collins was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
The 53-year-old Collins, in his first year as minor league field coordinator with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was stopped by police on the 3100 block of Washington Road, a major Augusta thoroughfare, around 2 a.m.
Collins, who managed the Astros (1994-96) and Angels (1997-99), was also charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and driving without a license on his person.
“He was driving down Washington Road on a flat tire, which is what drew our attention to him,” said Maj. Richard Weaver of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. “He just kept driving.”
Collins pulled over when deputies turned on the blue lights and then stumbled out of his vehicle, police said.
“He was staggering,” Weaver said. “He was obviously impaired and failed a sobriety test.”
After Collins was arrested, he was taken to the Richmond County Jail, where he took a breathalyzer test.
He remained in jail for 14 hours and was released after meeting bond requirements at 4:10 p.m., jail officials said.
Collins did not bring attention to his celebrity, but after a jailer recognized him, he admitted to being a former major league manager.
Collins was in Augusta to join the South Georgia Waves, the Dodgers low Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He did not attend Thursday’s game.