Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks arrested for DUI, hit and run charges after leaving strip club in Fort Myers

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Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks is facing DUI charges after deputies say he struck two vehicles in the parking lot of Babes strip club in Fort Myers early Friday morning.

The arrest is the second time in less than 24 hours a Major League pitcher was arrested on DUI and hit and run charges in Florida. On Thursday, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Bush was arrested for hitting a motorcyclist and leaving the scene.

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Jenks, 31, was pulled over in a white Mercedes SUV near the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Colonial Boulevard for driving erratically, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies said Jenks said he was "all over the roadway" because he had taken too many muscle relaxers. He then said he just left Babes because he struck another car and "had to get it of there."

Deputies said Jenks had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. When asked to take a sobriety test, he said "I'm going to fail it," according the report.

Jenks was taken into custody after failing the subsequent field sobriety test.

A witness at the club said he saw a white Mercedes pull into the parking lot and strike two parked vehicles. The driver matched Jenks description, according to the report.

Jenks later took a breath test at the Lee County Jail but blew .000 twice.

He is facing a charge of leaving the scene of a crash, DUI and three counts of DUI with property damage.

Jenks is in the second year of a $12 million contract with the Red Sox. He's on the sixty day disabled following a pair of back surgeries late last year.

"We're aware of it and are still gathering information," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said via text message.

In 2002, Jenks was demoted from Class AA by the Anaheim Angels for repeatedly bringing beer onto the team bus.

In January 2010, he told ESPN Chicago that he did not drink anymore, a reaction, he said, to now having four children more than anything.

"I no longer drink," he said. "No alcohol at all. Not even a beer here or there. Just things like that, really focusing on the future. It was a personal choice. It hadn't gotten too much. I just found myself not wanting to [drink] anymore. I just wanted to be more of a family man. Then this last year, I came to Christ and that was a big influence on my life."

Dennis Culver, Fort Myers News Press. Contributing: USA TODAY

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