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Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa was charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly ran his car into a curb in February, leaving it smoking on the side of a Phoenix-area road, according to court records obtained by ESPN.
It is the second known drunken driving arrest for La Russa, who in 2007 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Jupiter, Florida.
A 76-year-old Hall of Famer long regarded as one of the canniest managers in baseball, La Russa was hired to lead the White Sox last week after a nine-year absence from the dugout, shocking observers throughout the game.
When reached by ESPN on Monday night, La Russa said, “I have nothing to say,” and he hung up the phone.
A White Sox spokesman said the organization was aware of the incident.
“Because this is an active case,” he said, “we cannot comment further at this time.”
On Feb. 24 at 11:40 p.m., a peace officer responded to a call and found La Russa standing alongside his SUV, according to an affidavit filed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. La Russa told the officer, who had detected a “light odor of alcoholic