Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó will not face charges in his native Dominican Republic over an incident early Sunday morning in which he ran over a police officer’s foot with his car, breaking the officer’s leg.
As told by ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, Sanó was leaving a nightclub with his wife in San Pedro de Macoris, the city in which he was born, at 3 a.m. Sunday when he stopped to talk with police officer Argenis Emilio Gillandeux. After that conversation, Sanó backed up his white pickup truck without realizing that Gillandeux had not moved his motorcycle from behind him. Police questioned Sanó for several hours but released him on the condition that he return Monday to receive a traffic-court citation.
“The citizen, Miguel Sanó, was sent today to the traffic court to comply with the due process in these types of cases,” Coronel Frank Durán Mejía, a spokesman for the Dominican national police, told Rojas. “It is a formality when someone is injured in a vehicular accident. It is important to clarify that the policeman declared that the accident was not intentional, and that Sanó hit his leg when Sanó was reversing his vehicle to leave the place and that the baseball player was the first to provide help and never abandoned the scene. Neither the agent nor the national police plan to charge Sanó with anything.”
Gillandeux, who suffered fractures to his tibia and fibula on his left leg, was taken to the hospital by Sanó himself, Rojas reports. Duran told the ESPN reporter that Sanó and Gillandeux knew each other and went to school together.
In December, a Twin Cities photographer accused Sanó of attempting to kiss her and pulling her into a restroom during a 2015 autograph signing at a shopping mall. But after interviewing more than 20 people, including Sanó and his accuser, MLB “found that there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sanó, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation,” the league said in a March statement.
Sanó, a 2017 all-star, had the worst season of his career in 2018. After missing much of spring training while MLB investigated the 2015 allegation, he suffered a hamstring injury in late April and was later sent down to the minors to lose weight and fix his swing.