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Dodger James Loney ‘not acting normal’ in Maserati crash

December 9, 2011 | 10:24 am

A woman allegedly struck by Los Angeles Dodger James Loney last month described the bizarre multi-car Maserati crash as terrifying.

Loney was arrested Nov. 14 on suspicion of driving under the influence after hitting three cars on the 101 Freeway near the Sepulveda Boulevard exit.

The first baseman was driving his 2009 Maserati westbound at about 6:12 p.m. when he sideswiped three cars, then came to an abrupt stop in the fast lane and apparently passed out, authorities said.

When he woke up, he attempted to flee. He drove across all the westbound traffic lanes, collided with a fourth car and hit a sound wall on the right shoulder, said California Highway Patrol Spokesman Leland Tang.

Judy Eckerling was among those first hit by Loney.

"I was terrified," she told KTLA. "It was one of the most scary experiences I've ever been through."

Eckerling said she felt someone sideswipe her on the driver's side. She watched the car continue on, meandering until he hit another car, and then an embankment.

Eckerling says she went to check on Loney. She found him with earbuds in his ears, his stereo on full blast. His car was locked.

When she reached inside the window and unlocked the door, she pulled his ear buds out, and tried to get him to respond.

"He was non-responsive to everything that I tried," Eckerling said.

She was on the phone with 911, with her head inside the window, when Loney came to. Agitated, he started the engine and took off.

Eckerling said she did not smell alcohol, but Loney "definitely was not acting normal."

According to the police report, Loney was "restless, unsteady, aggressive and irritable."

They said he "exhibited eyelid tremors and his shirt was soiled and moist from perspiration, from his armpits down to his waistline."

He also apparently thought the date was July 15. And when an officer tried to check his alcohol level, Loney bit off the mouthpiece and spit it at him.

Loney was arrested, but never taken to a police station for booking because emergency medical personnel were concerned about his behavior.

He was released to the custody of Sherman Oaks hospital, where he underwent testing to determine if he had a medical problem.

The district attorney's office says it is waiting for the results of drug and alcohol tests before deciding how to proceed.

Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti says he is "still looking into the incident," but he does not expect it to alter Loney's status on the team.


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