Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker arrested on DUI charge in Florida

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Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker arrested on DUI charge in Florida

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Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker was arrested and charged with driving under the influence late Thursday night in Pinellas County, Florida.

In the arrest affidavit obtained by USA TODAY Sports, police said Walker was going 82 mph in a 45-mph zone and “showed signs of impairment” including a “strong odor” on his breath and “glassy eyes.”

Walker was arrested at 12:45 a.m. ET and refused a breath alcohol test.

Court records show the 52-year-old was released later Friday morning after posting $500 bond.

Walker, who has been the Blue Jays’ pitching coach since 2012, is in Florida for spring training and the arrest took place about 20 minutes from the team’s facility in Dunedin.

“There was a traffic incident on Thursday night that I was involved in,” Walker told reporters Saturday. “I’m very apologetic to the Blue Jays organization, Blue Jays fans and my family.”

In a statement, the Blue Jays said “the club is currently gathering more information and out of respect for the legal process, there will be no further comment.”

A former big-leaguer, Walker made 144 appearances for the Blue Jays, Mets, Rockies and Padres from 1995-2006.

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