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Aroldis Chapman arrested near Columbus for driving with suspended license

Picture from Grove City Police Department

The Enquirer reporting. Oh, and he was driving 93 mph. This happened late Sunday night (technically, early Monday morning).

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was arrested after he was caught driving 93 miles per hour in Grove City early Monday, according to police.

Police said Chapman, 24, was pulled over for speeding in a black 2010 Mercedes S63 on Interstate 71 North near Interstate 270 at about 12:42 a.m.

 

39 thoughts on “Aroldis Chapman arrested near Columbus for driving with suspended license

    • hermanbates: Come on Chapman. At least get it to triple digits man.

      Jose Canseco got a ticket for driving at 125 mph. He claimed he was going 140.

  1. Probably trying to outrun the stench of Grove City.

    (Anyone who has driven by there knows what I’m talking about.)

  2. Cincinnati – Bengals president Mike Brown issued a statement condemning the actions of Aroldis Chapman, scolding the Reds organization for fostering a criminal culture, and calling for his immediate release.

  3. @Jason1972: See, I heard the exact opposite. With his criminal background, Chapman is now days away from signing a contract to play WR for the Bengals–they were in need of another reclamation project.

  4. What wasn’t reported was that Mike Leake was in the passenger seat. Chapman was just the get-away driver for the big heist.

  5. @Bill Lack: What was his license suspended for in the first place? This is the first I’ve heard of him getting into trouble.

  6. Well, let me be the first to say that this was STUPID STUPID STUPID on so many levels.

    The guy has such a great opportunity, and he’d better not eff it up.

    Let’s hope this is the ONLY scrape he has…

  7. @renbutler:

    Dude, he got a speeding ticket, it’s not like when the cop stopped him Aroldis was desperately trying to stop his pit bulls from spilling his cocaine all over his assault rifles in the passenger seat.

    Coming from a country like Cuba, he probably doesn’t know that Americans are a bit more serious about enforcing their traffic laws. I can tell you from other countries I’ve been to, Americans care ALOT more about traffic laws than most other places.

    • @renbutler:

      Dude, he got a speeding ticket, it’s not like when the cop stopped him Aroldis was desperately trying to stop his pit bulls from spilling his cocaine all over his assault rifles in the passenger seat.

      Coming from a country like Cuba, he probably doesn’t know that Americans are a bit more serious about enforcing their traffic laws. I can tell you from other countries I’ve been to, Americans care ALOT more about traffic laws than most other places.

      93 is more than a speeding ticket. It’s reckless and dangerous and he could have killed anybody. He’s been in the states long enough to know you can’t drive 93. That’s weak.

  8. Bad move on his part, and I guess this means the Reds need to assign him a baby sitter. Yes he was “only” speeding, but why then and there? They had a game the next day, had just come home from a week long road trip. Sorry but this is NOT acceptable behavior and I hope the Reds speak to the young man and assign him a driver now that he has to park his “toy” for a long while.

  9. @CI3J: Right and Americans have a reputation for driving slow. The driving with a suspended license part is a bad indication though.

  10. @CI3J: “Dude,” he wasn’t just going 70 in a 55. He was driving recklessly, with a SUSPENDED LICENSE.

    I used to drive that fast — and it was STUPID STUPID STUPID when I did it.

    This is nothing to wink and nod at. This is serious stuff. No, it’s not as serious as, say, drug abuse or domestic battery. But it’s not something to brush aside either. Thankfully there were no victims of his actions — but there could be if he doesn’t learn from it and grow up a little.

  11. @pinson343:

    In some third world countries, they never check if you have a license or not, nor do they care. The fact you have a car means you are rich, so you just pay the cop that pulled you over and go on your way. Maybe that’s what Chapman is used to. Sure, it’s his fault for not adapting to our customs, but I’m just saying it might just be what he’s used to.

    @renbutler:

    Sure, you can wink and nod at this. I see people going this fast daily on 70/71 around Columbus. Yeah, it’s dangerous, but remember Chapman is a 24 year old male, they are known for this kind of behavior. I know when I was his age, I would get up around 80 with regularity. Plus, it was late at night so the roads were likely mostly deserted.

    Serious, chill out about it. It’s a very minor thing. Yeah, I hope he learns, but it’s not a big deal. Did you forget what it’s like to be 24?

    • @pinson343:

      In some third world countries, they never check if you have a license or not, nor do they care. The fact you have a car means you are rich, so you just pay the cop that pulled you over and go on your way. Maybe that’s what Chapman is used to. Sure, it’s his fault for not adapting to our customs, but I’m just saying it might just be what he’s used to.

      @renbutler:

      Sure, you can wink and nod at this. I see people going this fast daily on 70/71 around Columbus. Yeah, it’s dangerous, but remember Chapman is a 24 year old male, they are known for this kind of behavior. I know when I was his age, I would get up around 80 with regularity. Plus, it was late at night so the roads were likely mostly deserted.

      Serious, chill out about it. It’s a very minor thing. Yeah, I hope he learns, but it’s not a big deal. Did you forget what it’s like to be 24?

      More dumb comments.

    • Sure, you can wink and nod at this. I see people going this fast daily on 70/71 around Columbus. Yeah, it’s dangerous, but remember Chapman is a 24 year old male, they are known for this kind of behavior. I know when I was his age, I would get up around 80 with regularity. Plus, it was late at night so the roads were likely mostly deserted.

      Serious, chill out about it. It’s a very minor thing. Yeah, I hope he learns, but it’s not a big deal. Did you forget what it’s like to be 24?

      Ha, “chill out.”😆

      I remember what it’s like to be 24. I was STUPID STUPID STUPID. Instead of justifying what I did back then because of my age, I admit that I was WRONG.

      I also don’t try to justify bad behavior by counting the number of people who behave the same way.

      There is no justification for what he did. I also notice that you’re skimming over the worst part of this — that his LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED.

      This was not just some kid driving fast. This was criminal behavior. Yes, there are far worse things that one can do. But that doesn’t justify what he did.

      Now, I don’t need to “chill out” at all. You act as if I’m suggesting a jail term or that he should be kicked off the team. No, I’m just saying that he needs to stop doing things this stupid. To say “chill out” is a serious overreaction to what you wrongly perceive as an overreaction.

      Yes, it was stupid for Chapman to drive that way. It was stupid when I did it. And it is stupid if you do it. It’s doubly stupid on a suspended license.

  12. I’m curious, where is the magical line between “just speeding” and “reckless endangerment”?

    • I’m curious, where is the magical line between “just speeding” and “reckless endangerment”?

      Where I grew up, that line was drawn at 25 mph over the speed limit.

  13. Definitely a warning sign. Very reckless. When you’re license is suspended and you choose to drive, I’d think you’d want to be a little less conspicuous.

    And I don’t buy the “they do things differently in his culture” bit. He’s been here 2 years. Long enough to get his license suspended.

    I wonder what brought him up to Grove City at 1 a.m. Was this his “celebration” for becoming the closer? Somebody better make sure he’s not going off the rails.

  14. @groujo:

    Maybe he was driving back to Cincinnati from New York?

    And please guys, stop acting like speeding is a gateway to more serious crimes, like he’s just a step away from being an axe murderer.

    HE. WAS. SPEEDING.

    Any of you who have NEVER hit 90 on the interstate, raise your hand. And if you do, I don’t believe you. People speed every day. There is probably someone speeding RIGHT NOW within a 10 mile radius of where you are. (Cue ominous music)

    Guess what? Life goes on. It is NOT a big deal.

  15. @CI3J: You’re justifying criminal behavior again. It doesn’t matter how many people do it. That’s a diversion. And, once again, you’re completely glossing over the suspended license. Does everybody drive with a suspended license?

    And who said it was a gateway to more serious crimes?

  16. @renbutler:

    I actually looked it up, and guess what I found? It’s not defined in the laws of Ohio.

    http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/laws.html

    Personally, I think reckless endangerment should be a relative call. If you are going 93 on a crowded interstate at 3 PM, bobbing and weaving between cars (I see this all the time), then yeah, you’re putting everyone’s life in danger.

    Judging from the time Chapman was pulled over, I’m guessing that the roads weren’t too crowded.

    I’m not trying to justify what he did, I’m just responding to other people that I think are overreacting to this, like he’s about to become a mob boss or something just because he was speeding. Yes, he was stupid, yes, he deserved what he got, but I don’t think this is a sign of him “going off the rails” any more than I think Leake The Kleptomaniac is a menace to society.

  17. I guess Chapman has indeed stopped worrying about that pesky radar gun. He probably didn’t know cops have em too……

  18. This is all Bryan Price’s fault. He was the one who told Chapman to ignore the radar gun.

  19. Suspended license my guess would be for Speeding. Here in California anything over 100 and you guaranteed to have license suspend considered an “exhibition of speed”, with the possibility of reckless driving if your in traffic. I have been through it, it’s especially hard to watch your speed at that time of night on an empty road especially if you already have little extra lead in that foot. Major No but at the same time its mainly has to do with maturity and having respect for traffic laws.

    • Suspended license my guess would be for Speeding. Here in California anything over 100 and you guaranteed to have license suspend considered an “exhibition of speed”, with the possibility of reckless driving if your in traffic. I have been through it, it’s especially hard to watch your speed at that time of night on an empty road especiallyif you already have little extra lead in that foot. Major No but at the same time its mainly has to do with maturity and having respect for traffic laws.

      Spot on. Sums it up pretty well.

  20. Yawn.

    I used to drive 71 and 270 all of the time. 80-90mph is the norm. Next story please. . .

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