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Former Red Sox star Johnny Damon apologetic following arrest on drunk driving charge in Florida

Johnny Damon won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004.
Johnny Damon won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004.Davis, Jim Globe Staff

Former Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon, 47, was arrested early Friday morning in Windermere, Fla., on multiple charges including driving under the influence and resisting arrest without violence.

According to the police report, Damon’s blood alcohol level was tested twice and registered at 0.300 and 0.294, nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida.

His wife, 45-year-old Michelle Mangan-Damon, was arrested for battery of an officer and resisting arrest with violence. She was described in the police report as being “combative.”

The couple was arrested around 8:15 a.m. after police saw Damon’s SUV swerve and nearly strike a guard rail.

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“I apologize and hopefully I can answer more questions later on,” Damon told reporters outside the police station after being released.

Damon played for the Sox from 2002-05 and was one of celebrated “Idiots” of 2004 who helped lead the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.

Damon signed with the Yankees in 2006 and played for another World Series champion in 2009. The two-time All-Star had an 18-year career before retiring in 2012.


Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.