Cops: Ex-MLB player drove drunk with daughter, 5, in car

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Former Major League Baseball player and World Series champion Curtis Leskanic was arrested Monday night and charged with driving drunk with his 5-year-old daughter in the vehicle.

Leskanic is listed on the school website as the assistant coach of the Lake Mary High School baseball team, which his son plays for.

Altamonte Springs police said officers received a report of a black Ford F-250 driving recklessly near Palm Spring and Altamonte drives. When officers found the truck around 8 p.m., it was stopped in the middle lane, impeding traffic, near Ronald Regan Boulevard and Altamonte Drive.

Police said an officer found Leskanic, 43, hunched over and asleep in the driver's seat. The officer said Leskanic's eyes were watery, bloodshot and glassy, and he smelled of alcohol.

Leskanic told the officer he had picked his daughter up from practice, but he could not say from where, police said.

When asked to present his driver's license, Leskanic presented the officer with his Major League Baseball scout ID card, police said.

During his field sobriety test, Leskanic had trouble following directions, including being unable to touch his nose when told to do so, police said.

Leskanic was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and child neglect. Police said his daughter, who was in the front seat, should have been in the back seat restrained by a booster or child seat.

Once he was taken to the Seminole County Jail, Leskanic recorded a .331 blood alcohol content, police said. The legal limit to drive is .08.

Leskanic bonded out of the jail on $2,050 bond.

Leskanic, lives in Longwood, but previously played for a World Series winning Boston Red Sox team.

From 1993-2004, he played for the Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and Red Sox.

In a 2008 article for, Leskanic talked about how much he loves chauffeuring his children around to different activities.

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