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Mota Charged in DUI Arrest

Times Staff Writer

The Glendale branch of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office Wednesday charged relief pitcher Guillermo Mota with two misdemeanors stemming from an alcohol-related arrest, an office spokesperson said.

Mota, arrested April 21 after allegedly speeding on the Ventura Freeway, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08% or higher.

Mota, whose blood-alcohol level was measured at .12, according to a law enforcement official, is scheduled to be arraigned June 17 in Glendale Superior Court. The Dodgers that day play host to the San Francisco Giants, so Mota is not expected to attend because a plea can be entered on his behalf.

If convicted, Mota could face up to six months in jail, fines and suspension of his driver’s license.

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However, Mota has no prior record, the spokesperson said, so he probably would not face further incarceration. Under normal circumstances, first-time offenders are fined, given probation and ordered to attend DUI programs.

Mota, his agent, his attorney and the Dodgers had no comment.

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Leadoff batter Dave Roberts (strained right hamstring) plans to go on a two-day rehabilitation assignment to triple-A Las Vegas late next week in hopes of being activated from the disabled list June 1.

Roberts, who resumed taking batting practice Wednesday, will continue to work out and undergo therapy while accompanying the team on a six-game, seven-day trip to Milwaukee and Colorado. He will join the 51s on May 29.

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Team physician Michael Mellman said he will determine today whether to permit batting instructor Jack Clark to travel with the team.

Clark, who suffered a concussion in a March 30 motorcycle accident, had recently received medical clearance, but Mellman has concerns because Clark has been weakened by flu-like symptoms this week.

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Las Vegas left-hander Wilson Alvarez received permission to leave the team for a few days, General Manager Dan Evans said. Alvarez, scheduled to return in time to start Friday, is 4-0 with an earned-run average of 0.96 in five starts.... Reliever Andy Ashby has a stiff back, but Manager Jim Tracy said he was available to pitch Wednesday.


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