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Miguel Cabrera pleads no contest to drunken driving

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:59 PM EST, Fri January 6, 2012
As a special condition, the judge granted Miguel Cabrera's request to be allowed to travel while he serves probation.
As a special condition, the judge granted Miguel Cabrera's request to be allowed to travel while he serves probation.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Detroit Tigers star makes plea Thursday
  • Prosecutors dropped charges of resisting officer, having open container in vehicle
  • Cabrera, who was arrested after refusing to take a sobriety test, will avoid jail time
  • Cabrera won the AL batting title in 2011 with a .344 average and 30 home runs

(CNN) -- Detroit Tigers all-star Miguel Cabrera has pleaded no contest to drunken driving, prosecutors said Friday.

The team's first baseman made the plea Thursday to misdemeanor charges stemming from a February 16 arrest in Florida, according to Gayle Braun, St. Lucie County chief assistant state attorney.

The deal allows Cabrera, who was arrested after refusing to take a sobriety test, to avoid jail time.

He will serve one year of probation, pay a fine and serve 50 hours of community service, Braun said.

Cabrera, 28, whose license will be suspended for six months, will also have to attend a driving under the influence school and participate in a victim impact panel. However, as a special condition, the judge granted Cabrera's request to be allowed to travel while he serves probation.

Prosecutors have dropped charges of resisting an officer without violence and having an open container in a vehicle.

"Since the inception of the case, it has been our position that Mr. Cabrera should be treated the same as any citizen," Braun added. "He received no worse or better treatment because of his celebrity status."

The incident began after authorities found a vehicle on the side of the road, smoking from the engine compartment, the arrest affidavit said. The deputy "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from the driver, identified by his driver's license as Cabrera, according to the report. "His eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was ... heavily slurred."

"Do you know who I am?" he asked the officer.

The officer said he then saw Cabrera pick up a bottle and begin drinking from it, the report said. He handed the officer his passport when asked for his identification, then got out of the car and walked into the road, putting his hands up, according to the affidavit.

Last season, Cabrera won the American League batting title with a .344 average and 30 home runs.

In Session's Aletse Mellado contributed to this report.

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