TAMPA, Florida, AP
Eight-time baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry admitted in court Tuesday to driving under the influence of medication and to leaving the scene of an accident, and was sentenced to two years’ house arrest.
Strawberry, who is again fighting colon cancer, apologized during a brief hearing before Circuit Judge Florence Foster for causing a Monday morning traffic accident. He said he blacked out from his medication.
“I used the wrong judgment … taking medication because I didn’t feel well,” he told the court. “I just blacked out. I didn’t know if I hurt anybody. I feel really bad about that.”
Strawberry was released from jail Tuesday, slipping out a side door to avoid crowds.
Foster was the judge who placed the suspended New York Yankees outfielder on probation last year in a drug and solicitation case.
Strawberry spent Monday night in jail after an off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy saw the player hit a road sign, turn onto another street and rear-end a sports utility vehicle stopped at a red light.