Marcell Ozuna let suburban Atlanta police know who he was during his arrest Friday morning, his second in 15 months.
The Braves outfielder, who was arrested for driving under the influence and failing to stay in his lane, presented a Major League Baseball ID along with his driver’s license at his traffic stop.
“Sorry, sorry, I’m Ozuna from the Braves,” he told a Norcross Police Department officer, according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
Marcell Ozuna told officers he was playing on the Braves during his DUI arrest. Getty Images
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the officer had to accelerate to 90 mph to catch Ozuna in the 35-mph zone.
Ozuna told the officer he was out Thursday night celebrating the Braves’ win over the Mets and had “about three or four” beers. He was administered three on-site sobriety tests and declined breath and blood tests before being committed to the Gwinnett County Jail.
“I can not do that. If you want to put me in jail, put me in jail because I can’t,” Ozuna told the officer, according to the report.
Footage of the incident also showed an officer removing the handcuffs from the 31-year-old so he could relieve himself in a bush.
Ozuna was later released from county jail on $1,830 bail.
The outfielder, who was reportedly carrying $8,000 in cash, spoke to reporters before the Braves’ game against the Astros in Atlanta on Friday. Ozuna was not in the starting XI.
“I disappointed my team, disappointed my family,” he said. “And I have nothing more to say, and it’s a legal matter.”
According to The Post’s Jon Heyman, after his release from prison, Ozuna met with Atlanta general manager Alex Anthoploulos and manager Brian Snitker.
Ozuna told police he had “about three or four” beers. Fox 5 Atlanta
Ozuna reportedly had $8,000 in cash with him. Fox 5 Atlanta
Marcell Ozuna mugshot from his second arrest in 15 months. Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Officer
“I think it’s all said,” Snitker told reporters when asked if Ozuna’s arrest would be a distraction. “We are disappointed that it happened, but we will continue.”
It’s unclear what penalty Ozuna will face from the team or MLB.
Ozuna faced assault and battery charges last year after police allegedly saw him choke his wife while answering a 9-1-1 call in May 2021. Although police video appeared to show Ozuna grabbing his wife’s neck, the felony charges were dropped and replaced with misdemeanor battery and simple assault.
Ozuna agreed to participate in a six-month domestic violence intervention program as part of a probationary contract, as well as more than 200 hours of community service and anger management counseling. He received a retroactive 20-game unpaid suspension during the 2021 season.
He apologized to fans and teammates at spring training in March.
“My fans, I will give you the best,” he said, “and I will be a better person, and I’m sorry.”
Ozuna owes more than $41 million on his four-year, $65 million contract through the 2024 season, but he lost his starting job earlier this season, reaching .214.