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No Charges Filed Against Mondesi

TIMES STAFF WRITER

The Glendale office of the district attorney decided Tuesday not to file charges against Dodger outfielder Raul Mondesi stemming from his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

His attorney, Myles Berman, was informed Tuesday afternoon that the district attorney’s office was not pursuing a case. Mondesi was arrested in Glendale early June 13 and detained for several hours in the city jail after two police officers observed him driving erratically, officials said.

The news lifted a weight off Mondesi, he said.

“I want to thank the district attorney’s office for seeing to it that justice was done in my case,” Mondesi said in a statement released by the Dodgers. “Playing baseball in America has been the greatest thrill in my life, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to play here.

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“I want to thank the fans and the Dodgers, who have stood by and supported me during this unfortunate incident.”

Mondesi was given a blood-alcohol test after being pulled over, which determined his blood-alcohol level to be 0.083%. The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08%.

“I assume the district attorney’s office felt it had insufficient evidence,” Berman said. “The district attorney’s office wanted to make sure about the facts of this case before it made a decision [whether to file charges], and that’s what it did.”

Mondesi was released from jail June 13 before the Dodgers’ game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium, but club officials prohibited him from playing in a 4-2 loss. He returned to the lineup the next day.

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Mondesi is batting .278 with 17 home runs and 45 runs batted in.


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