UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Vladimir Guerrero is denying allegations that he attacked a police officer at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic.
“At no time did I attack anyone, nor was I fleeing,” Guerrero told the Associated Press Tuesday. “I presented myself at the jail last night after the complaint from the disco, and this morning first thing I went to the police that are handling the case.”
Guerrero’s lawyer, Polivio Rivas also disputed the claims. “All that is being alleged is false,” he said. “Vladimir did not attack anyone — absolutely no one. We’re going to follow the process, but everything will be cleared up.”
Former MLB All-Star slugger Vladimir Guerrero spent spring training waiting for a phone call from a team interested in bringing him back to the big leagues.
His phone has yet to ring, but now the 37-year-old is drawing plenty of interest — from police in the Dominican Republic.
According to a report from Dominican Today, an all-points bulletin was issued for Guerrero’s arrest on Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a police officer following a brawl at a nightclub in the city of Bani.
Rafael Rojas, who covers the Colorado Rockies for the blog Purple Row, reported that Guerrero has been taken into custody after surrendering to police.
According to several reports out of the DR, Guerrero was involved in an all-night police chase after he assaulted a police car— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) April 10, 2012
Guerrero will be charged of physical and verbal assault to an authority. He is currently at a police precinct in Baní.— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) April 10, 2012
All throughout the night, the Dominican National Police exhorted Vlad publicly to surrender himself to authorities.— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) April 10, 2012
“No one is above the law,” South Region Police director Juan Ramon de la Cruz Martinez Dominican Today on Tuesday morning. “Guerrero and the others will be charged for the incident which left one injured.”
According to the report, Guerrero’s brother, Wilton, and others dispute the assault allegations.
Guerrero was back home in the Dominican, working out while awaiting an offer from an MLB team. His agent, Fern Cuza told CBSSports.com earlier this spring that Guerrero would consider playing in Japan if he could not sign on with a team.
The 2004 American League MVP, Guerrero his .290 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 145 games with the Baltimore Orioles last season. In 2010, he clubbed 25 home runs with 115 RBIs and a .300 average to help propel the Texas Rangers to their first World Series.