Originally created 09/10/04

Furcal arrested on DUI charge



ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal was arrested early Friday on charges of driving under the influence, according to police.

Furcal was booked into the Atlanta city jail at 6:25 a.m., authorities said. He was charged with DUI, speeding and reckless driving. Furcal had his first court appearance where a judge set his bond at $3,200.

His next court appearance is set for Oct. 14 in Atlanta Municipal Court.

After Thursday night's loss against Philadelphia, Furcal visited a couple nightclubs, WAGA-TV reported.

Furcal was arrested on Interstate 85. It was not immediately clear if he took a blood-alcohol test.

It was the 26-year-old shortstop's second DUI arrest. Furcal was charged with driving under the influence and underage drinking in June 2000 in Cobb County. Furcal's age was listed at 19 years old at the time.

He registered a blood alcohol level of .11, above the legal Georgia limit of .08.

He was convicted and, in 2002, the Georgia Supreme Court turned down a challenge arguing that police officers must translate drunk driving charges for non-English-speaking drivers.