UF baseball player charged with DUI

Published: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11:16 p.m.

A University of Florida baseball player was arrested on charges of driving under the influence by Gainesville Police early Saturday morning after he was spotted driving erratically on W. University Avenue, according to a police report.

Charged was Stephen Kendall Locke Jr., 22, of 3000 SW 35th Place. He is expected to be a senior pitcher on UF's baseball team this spring.

The police report states an officer at about 2:17 a.m. spotted a black Mercury SUV westbound on W. University Avenue going more than 10 mph below the speed limit.

The driver, Locke, crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic, forcing another vehicle to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision, the report stated. Locke crossed back into westbound lanes and drove into the bike lane.

Police stopped Locke and could smell alcohol on his breath, the report says. Locke's speech was slurred, he used his SUV for balance and he was wearing an armband from the Grog House a W. University Avenue bar, the report stated.

Locke refused to take a field sobriety test, police said. He was arrested and taken to the Alachua County jail.

Locke was a key contributor in Florida's national runner-up season in 2005 as a true freshman. Locke made 16 appearances, including 11 starts, and went 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA. He started the National Championship Series opener against Texas in Omaha.

However, Locke had elbow surgery in September 2005 and sat out the 2006 season. He has since recovered and last season was one of UF's top pitchers.

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