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Durham Bulls Player Arrested On DWI Charges

Posted June 16, 2006

— A shortstop for the Durham Bulls was arrested early Friday morning in Chapel Hill on drunken driving charges.

According to police, B.J. Upton was driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz sedan on East Franklin Street around 3:30 a.m. when he was stopped for driving 51 mph in a 30 mph zone. Upton was then given a Breathalyzer test and registered a .11 blood-alcohol level.

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Upton's Player Page

Upton, 21, was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on his own recognizance later in the day.

Upton batted .258 with four home runs and 159 bats while with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004, the same year he was rated the second-best prospect in the nation by Baseball America.

After returning to Triple-A Durham in 2005, he led the team in nearly every offensive category and was named the Bulls' player of the year. He is batting .270 with five home runs in 66 games this season.

Upton, whose given name is Melvin Emanuel Upton Jr., lives in Chesapeake, Va.

His arrest is the latest turmoil this season for the Bulls. The International League suspended their manager John Tamargo in May for 10 games for bumping an umpire. Outfielder Delmon Young was suspended 50 games without pay earlier that month for throwing a bat that hit an umpire in the chest.

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