Pitcher Tyler Clippard's dismissal from the [Mitchell] baseball team last week came two days after his arrest on misdemeanor DUI charges, and infielder Derek Shortz, also dismissed, was a passenger during the arrest, according to school officials.
Two hours later, Clippard, 18, was stopped by Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies after he ran a stop sign at Prestwick Place and Kinsmere Drive, according to police reports. Shortz is not identified in the report, but he lives within a block of the intersection and [Ian Mooney] confirmed he was in the car with Clippard.
The deputies reported smelling alcohol on Clippard's breath and said he had "red bloodshot glassy eyes" and "slurred speech." Clippard did poorly on a field sobriety test, according to the arrest report, and a blood-alcohol test produced results of 0.069 and 0.081. By state law, a driver is deemed too intoxicated to drive when his blood-alcohol level is 0.08 percent or higher. Clippard was arrested and released on $500 bail.