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Sexson Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charge

Associated Press
Sunday, February 13, 2005; Page E06

New Seattle Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson was cited for drunken driving last weekend after being stopped for speeding.

Sexson, who signed a four-year, $50 million free agent contract with Seattle in December, was stopped Feb. 5 near his Clark County, Wash., home.

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Linda Dozoretz, a spokeswoman for Sexson, confirmed late Friday that he was stopped for speeding and was later "charged with driving under the influence."

Dozoretz said in a statement that Sexson was not impaired "based on the two Breathalyzer tests he later took." She said she was confident the charges would be amended.

Sexson entered a plea of not guilty on Wednesday, according to court records.

Clark County sheriff's deputy Gregory Chaney said he initially stopped Sexson for speeding, according to two television reports.

The deputy estimated Sexson's speed in excess of 50 mph in a 35 mph zone and said in his report that he suspected Sexson was intoxicated after noticing a "strong odor of intoxicants emitting from the driver's window," and seeing an opened six-pack of beer bottles in the back seat of the car.

According to the report, Sexson refused to take a portable breath test at the scene and then failed a series of field sobriety tests. An hour later, Sexson took two breath tests at the sheriff's office, both times registering below Washington's legal intoxication threshold.

The sheriff's office said in a statement late Friday that Sexson submitted two breath samples and was then cited for DUI.

A career .271 hitter with 200 home runs, Sexson injured his left shoulder last season with Arizona and didn't play after May, batting .233 with nine homers and 23 RBI.

ARBITRATION: Kansas City beat left-hander Jeremy Affeldt in salary arbitration. Affeldt, eligible for the first time, will receive a raise from $350,000 to $950,000 instead of his $1.2 million request.

Affeldt went 3-4 with a 4.95 ERA and 13 saves in eight starts and 30 relief appearances last season. . . .

Six players are scheduled for hearings this week, including Twins pitcher Johan Santana, the AL Cy Young Award winner, and Milwaukee pitcher Ben Sheets.

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