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Dodgers looking into James Loney’s DUI arrest in Maserati crash

December 8, 2011 | 11:52 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01157085aaf4970b-500wiThe Dodgers say they are looking into the arrest of player James Loney on suspicion of driving under the influence after his Maserati allegedly sideswiped several cars last month on the 101 Freeway.

General Manager Ned Colletti said the Dodgers learned of the incident from an anonymous phone call to Dodger Stadium. Colletti said he spoke with Loney earlier this week about the incident.

“He explained what had occurred,” Colletti said, without offering specifics.

Colletti said the Dodgers are “still looking into” the situation, but said this didn’t change his plans to tender the first baseman a contract. “Not unless something turns up that hasn’t turned up,” Colletti said.

The incident 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 other vehicles. Immediately afterward, the 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."

Through his agent, Loney declined to comment Thursday on the incident.

But a person close to the player said tests for drugs and alcohol returned negative and that Loney has apologized for the incident.

The CHP's Tang, however, said no results were available yet from a blood sample taken from Loney by officers.

Loney's arrest was first reported by TMZ.com.

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Photo: Dodger infielder James Loney. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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