Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó will not face criminal charges following an incident in the Dominican Republic last Sunday morning, ESPN reports.
Sanó, who was leaving a nightclub in San Pedro de Macorís at 3 a.m. Sunday, hit police officer Argenis Emilio Gillandeux. The officer suffered a broken leg at the scene. Sanó had been speaking with the officer prior to the incident; the police officer questioned him because his vehicle didn’t have a license plate. Plus, he wasn’t carrying his license. The accident would occur after they spoke, however.
Police did detain Sanó for several hours following the incident. But he was released Monday after agreeing to appear in traffic court in accordance with the citation.
Spokesman Coronel Frank Duran Mejia said Sanó was sent to court to comply with the legalities of the case.
“It is a formality when someone is injured in a vehicular accident,” Duran said. “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.”
The third baseman suffered a hamstring injury due to the accident. Which, in turn, caused the infielder to have the worst season of his career. He hit .199 in 71 games while “earning” a stint in the minor leagues.