Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was pulled over early this morning in Dallas after officers allegedly observed him changing lanes without signaling and then almost hit a car. It happened around 2:30 a.m. as he and a woman were leaving a nightclub called Sisu. Once pulled over, the usual DWI hallmarks were observed: the warrant says his breath smelled like alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and he copped to drinking way less than he probably did.
An officer reported Jeffress' breath smelled like alcohol and his eyes were "bloodshot, watery and glassy," the warrant says. He told the officer that between 12:15 and 1:15 a.m., he had three or four cups of Hennessy cognac mixed with Coca-Cola.
Then something unusual happened:
During sobriety tests, he could not keep his balance or stand on one leg, an affidavit said. He also urinated on himself.
Jeffress was arrested and charged with DWI and jailed from approximately 5:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at which time he was released on bond. The Rangers are aware of the arrest and general manager Jon Daniels said the team was "certainly disappointed."
Daniels noting the team's disappointment probably has something to do with Jeffress's past, which includes two suspensions—50 games in 2007, then 100 games in 2009—for testing positive for a "drug of abuse." Jeffress suffers from juvenile epilepsy and told Texas Rangers reporter Emily Jones just four days ago that he had been self-medicating with marijuana to deal with the symptoms, which include insomnia, anxiety, and muscle twitching. While it helped ease the symptoms, he said, he was jeopardizing his career and one more failed test could mean a lifetime ban, so he stopped. Between the suspensions and Minor-League stints, Jeffress did not get back to the Majors until 2014, where, until Friday, he's avoided trouble and pitched to a 2.47 ERA in 157 appearances.