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Sunday, January 8, 2006

Freel arrested in Tampa

By John Fay and Kevin Kelly
Enquirer staff writers
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Reds infielder Ryan Freel was arrested early this morning in Tampa and charged with one count of disorderly intoxication, according to a booking report from the Hillsborough County jail.

The charge is a second-degree misdemeanor.

According to the report, Freel was arrested at 3:35 a.m. at the corner of Platt Street and Packwood Avenue in Tampa. He listed himself as unemployed and refused to take a breathalyzer, according to the report.

Freel, who last month signed a two-year deal worth at least $3-million, was released at 11:05 a.m. today from the Hillsborough County jail on a $250 bond.

Reds general manager Dan O'Brien said today he was not aware of the incident.

"It's news to me," O'Brien said. "I'm very reluctant to comment without having all the facts."

It is the second time Freel has been arrested in less than a year. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Northern Kentucky after Opening Day on April 4 last season.

Freel pled guilty, and paid $661.50 in fines and court costs.