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Strike two for Cardinals prospect Tyler Bighames

The bad news keeps getting worse for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler Bighames. Already suspended for the first 50 games of the 2010 season as a result of testing positive for a drug of abuse as announced last month, the 18-year-old is now in trouble with the law as well.

Tyler Bighames At 2:30 A.M. on New Year’s Day, the 31st-round selection from the 2009 draft was arrested in Estero, Florida for DUI, resisting arrest without violence, speeding and driving in the wrong lane.

A report filed by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office noted that Bighames’ yellow Ford Mustang was weaving “from one lane of traffic to another,” and nearly hit two parked cars while driving 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.

After being stopped, Bighames fled from the scene. As he tried to jump over a fence, the officer used his taser to subdue the athlete. Two breath tests registered results of .234 percent and .223 percent blood-alcohol content. That translates to nearly three-times the Florida legal limit of .08 percent to operate a motor vehicle.

The Naples (FL) News did not receive a reply from the Cardinals when inquiring as to what actions the organization may be planning in response.

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