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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Dodger James Loney arrested after collision on 101 in his Maserati

Dodger James Loney was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after his Maserati allegedly sideswiped several cars on the 101 Freeway before it came to a halt in the fast lane with the infielder passed out inside, authorities said Thursday.

The accident took place Nov. 14 about 6:12 p.m. on the 101 just west of the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Leland Tang. Loney, 27, was arrested at the scene and then taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital.

“His unusual behavior at the scene caused concern on the part of the L.A city fire paramedics and he was transported to Sherman Oaks Hospital for further tests,” Tang said.

According to Tang, Loney was driving his 2009 Maserati westbound on the 101 when he sideswiped three vehicles for unknown reasons. Immediately afterwards, his sports car came to an abrupt stop in the fast lane, Tang said.

“The three parties involved in the collision including the driver of a 2008 Mini Cooper, a Toyota Prius and Mercedes Benz attempted to contact Mr. Loney but according to their statements he appeared to be unconscious,” Tang said. “He eventually awoke and he saw all the people standing around him. He then attempted to flee the scene.”

A CHP officer who first encountered Loney wrote in his report that the Dodger appeared to have “objective symptoms of being intoxicated or being under the influence of something.”

Thanks to Vince.

Repoz Posted: December 08, 2011 at 09:48 PM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. phredbird Posted: December 08, 2011 at 09:57 PM (#4010684)
if i had to be in sherman oaks i'd probably drink until i passed out too.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:04 PM (#4010689)
Well that's good cover for his eventual non-tender.
   3. asinwreck Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:09 PM (#4010694)
My Maserati does 185.
I lost my license, now I don't drive.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:16 PM (#4010702)
It's hard to get drunk enough on a Monday that you pass out by 6:00 pm, maybe some pharmaceuticals were involved
   5. Shredder Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:19 PM (#4010704)
It's hard to get drunk enough on a Monday that you pass out by 6:00 pm
That sounds like a wager.

On the other hand, it's nice to see the Dodgers getting some press today.
   6. SteveM. Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:22 PM (#4010709)
I'm kinda amazed that Loney thinks he has made enough money to afford a Maserati.
   7. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:26 PM (#4010711)
How does he have a maserati? He sucks. You should be much better than that to have a maserati.
   8. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:28 PM (#4010713)
He does. He made $4.875 million last season.
   9. Moeball Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:28 PM (#4010714)
It wasn't Loney's car. He was working as a valet to supplement his income since McCourt is apparently broke. After all, the 101 is really just a giant parking lot.
   10. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:28 PM (#4010715)
Latrell Sprewell is not impressed.
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:39 PM (#4010730)
Latrell Sprewell is not impressed.


Wasn't there another Timberwolves player who got in a low-speed accident while he was watching porn and driving in a parking lot? That wasn't Spree, was it?
   12. SuperGrover Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:48 PM (#4010740)
Wasn't there another Timberwolves player who got in a low-speed accident while he was watching porn and driving in a parking lot? That wasn't Spree, was it?


That was the late, great Eddie Griffin.
   13. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:49 PM (#4010741)
Non-tender that #######!
   14. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: December 08, 2011 at 10:53 PM (#4010745)
That was the late, great Eddie Griffin.


Not the actor, though. The other one. I think it was on a street, though, not in a parking lot.
   15. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:06 PM (#4010764)
He then attempted to flee the scene


depending on the facts/circumstances, this could end up being a felony charge. Don't know Cal. statutes, but fleeing an accident, either on foot or in auto is often a felony offense.

Did he stumble and not successfully flee, was he apprehended?
   16. Champions Table Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:12 PM (#4010773)
On the bright side, it's nice to see Loney hit anything with authority.
   17. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:15 PM (#4010779)
The accident was last month, but this is the Dodgers' way of reminding Southern California "We have a first baseman too."
   18. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:19 PM (#4010783)
The mlb.com story says this-

Loney was handcuffed and taken to a hospital for breathalyzer and blood tests that were negative for drugs and alcohol.

However, during the tests and according to the report, Loney was uncooperative and became "aggressive," spitting the mouthpiece at an officer. He was placed in arm and leg restraints and given an "injection" by hospital staff to calm him. The Los Angeles City Attorney will decide if Loney is charged in the incident.

One source with knowledge of the episode said Loney was rear-ended, hit his head on the ceiling of the car and momentarily blacked out. That might explain the glancing collisions of the other vehicles and the disorientation that he exhibited to police.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:19 PM (#4010786)
At least we know it wasn't steroids. #checkthehrtotals
   20. The District Attorney Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:19 PM (#4010787)
He's such an amazing player, you just have to put up with this stuff.
   21. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:20 PM (#4010789)
A friend of mine told me he knew it was time to get help for his drinking when he was awakened one morning by the sound of the car he was driving running out of gas. He was due in court that morning on a DUI.
   22. Boxkutter Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:21 PM (#4010791)
On the bright side, it's nice to see Loney hit anything with authority.


... and we have a winner.
   23. Dale Sams Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:30 PM (#4010804)
given an "injection" by hospital staff to calm him


uhhh..that seems illegal. And certainly ANYthing that happened afterwards or was said would be inadmissable. IMHnotalawyerO
   24. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:41 PM (#4010814)
Wasn't there another Timberwolves player who got in a low-speed accident while he was watching porn and driving in a parking lot? That wasn't Spree, was it?

That was the late, great Eddie Griffin.


Ah, OK, yes that rings a bell. My further recollection of the incident was that Griffin tried to bribe the person he hit with the offer of a new car to keep the incident out of the papers. I remember discussing that aspect of the incident with my wife at the time; I believe her response was, "If a masturbating NBA player hit my car while I was parked and offered to buy me a car to keep quiet, I'd tell him, 'Call the Mercedes dealership right now, we've got 4 hours to get my new car.'" I think she was bluffing though, she's only owned Volkswagens.
   25. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:57 PM (#4010827)
My Maserati does 185.
I lost my license, now I don't drive.


That song is nine minutes long. NINE MINUTES. A minute longer than Stairway!
   26. Hugh Jorgan Posted: December 09, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#4010840)
He then attempted to flee the scene

Yep, that always screams..."I'm innocent!"

That song is nine minutes long. NINE MINUTES

Just enough time for Loney to scull 4 beers and feel wasted....yeah!
   27. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 09, 2011 at 12:38 AM (#4010872)
Y R: Sprewell was going >100 mph and swerving lanes on the freeway when he caused another car to FLIP OVER. Thankfully they were wearing their seat belts and no one died.
   28. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 09, 2011 at 12:44 AM (#4010884)
"Dude, he's running! International sign of guilt!"
   29. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 12:49 AM (#4010890)
Sprewell was going >100 mph and swerving lanes on the freeway when he caused another car to FLIP OVER. Thankfully they were wearing their seat belts and no one died.


Can't we just start charging, and convicting, people for the crimes that SHOULD have happened? If somebody HAD died he'd have had a stronger charge.
   30. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: December 09, 2011 at 12:59 AM (#4010900)
#16 - Please, sideswipping those cars is so Loney, never gets the big hit. Matt Kemp would have crushed those cars, killed a family of four and collapsed that section of Freeway. Unless, of course, Rihanna was in the car, then he would have been distracted enough that he would have missed the on ramp all together.
   31. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 09, 2011 at 01:46 AM (#4010942)
That song is nine minutes long. NINE MINUTES. A minute longer than Stairway!


Well, no. The track is over nine minutes long, but the song is over by the eight-minute mark. The rest of the track consists of Joe (presumably) trying to make noises that sound like barnyard animals...
   32. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 01:48 AM (#4010944)
2008 Mini Cooper, a Toyota Prius and Mercedes Benz


That's a prototypical perfecta of LA cars.
   33. Run Joe Run Posted: December 09, 2011 at 01:53 AM (#4010950)
The smoker you drink the player you get
   34. scareduck Posted: December 09, 2011 at 01:54 AM (#4010952)
On the other hand, it's nice to see the Dodgers getting some press today.


And for a first baseman, too!
   35. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:26 AM (#4010972)
This is really fukced up. Drug/alcohol was freaking negative?? Unless he was taking some psychotropic recreational designer drug that's too new to be detected by drug tests, then it sounds like something truly out of the ordinary happened, and this is probably not his fault.
   36. MM1f Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:34 AM (#4010973)
That song is nine minutes long. NINE MINUTES. A minute longer than Stairway!


I assume the version they play on the radio is edited down for length?

I'm not much of an Eagles fan, so I've only heard the song if it comes on the radio and it never seemed that long

This is really fukced up. Drug/alcohol was freaking negative?? Unless he was taking some psychotropic recreational designer drug that's too new to be detected by drug tests, then it sounds like something truly out of the ordinary happened, and this is probably not his fault.


Is it possible he seemed intoxicated because he got a concussion in the wreck?
   37. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:35 AM (#4010975)
35. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 08, 2011 at 08:26 PM (#4010972)
This is really fukced up. Drug/alcohol was freaking negative?? Unless he was taking some psychotropic recreational designer drug that's too new to be detected by drug tests, then it sounds like something truly out of the ordinary happened, and this is probably not his fault.


Of course YOU would make that assumption.
   38. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:40 AM (#4010978)
Sigh. But congratulations on being the first one to jump on that.
   39. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:45 AM (#4010981)
Is it possible he seemed intoxicated because he got a concussion in the wreck?

Honest question: can someone suffering from a concussion act as belligerent as Loney is portrayed in that blurb above? I really don't know.
   40. Boxkutter Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:56 AM (#4010987)
Drug/alcohol was freaking negative?? Unless he was taking some psychotropic recreational designer drug that's too new to be detected by drug tests


Although they are detectable (the company I work for just switched labs, partly because the new one tests for more of these newer designer drugs) how often are bath salts and spice tested for in situations like these?
   41. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:01 AM (#4010996)
Is it possible to test for nutmeg?
   42. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:12 AM (#4011014)
My parents overdosed on nutmeg once. They ended up fine though except for just feeling kinda lousy for a while.
   43. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:16 AM (#4011023)
I assume the version they play on the radio is edited down for length?

I'm not much of an Eagles fan, so I've only heard the song if it comes on the radio and it never seemed that long


The version played on the radio is presumably the single, which was edited down to 4:35.
   44. The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:32 AM (#4011045)
Nutmeg is not a drug. You ever suck some **** for nutmeg? I didn't think so.
   45. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:41 AM (#4011057)
Nutmeg is not a drug. You ever suck some **** for nutmeg? I didn't think so.

You're awfully presumptuous, answering your own question like that.
   46. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:46 AM (#4011062)
The version played on the radio is presumably the single, which was edited down to 4:35.


The one our local classic rock station plays is the full Monty. The one with more fake endings than Return of the King.
   47. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:51 PM (#4011314)
That song is nine minutes long. NINE MINUTES. A minute longer than Stairway!


And yet only 1/10 as long as "American Pie"

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