Work in Sports
Sorenson arrested for drunk driving
Posted: Wednesday December 01, 1999 10:54 AM
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -- Former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Lary Sorensen was arrested twice in recent weeks for allegedly driving drunk.
Sorensen's blood-alcohol levels were .34 and .35 when he was arrested by Warren police Oct. 16, Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga said. A reading of .10 is considered legally drunk.
While Sorensen was out on bond on the Warren arrest, he was arrested Saturday by Macomb County Sheriff's deputies in Harrison Township.
His blood-alcohol levels were .22 and .23, according to the police report.
Marlinga told The Detroit News that police routinely administer at least two blood-level tests when a person is arrested on drinking and driving charges.
Sorenson was convicted in 1992 for impaired driving in Troy, and again in 1993 for drunken driving in Novi, according to the Michigan Secretary of State's Office. Impaired driving is defined as a blood-alcohol level between .08 and .10.
He was released from the Macomb County Jail on Monday when he agreed to enter an alcohol treatment program, court officials said.
Sorensen's attorney, Eileen Warshaw, refused to comment Tuesday on the new charges.
Sorensen, 44, pitched 11 seasons in the major leagues for seven teams, and was named to the American League All-Star team in 1978.
Sorensen became a broadcaster after his baseball career ended in 1988. He worked at Detroit's WDFN Radio, with the ESPN television network and SportsChannel Ohio.
He was a radio broadcaster for the Tigers from 1995 until June 1998.
Sorensen has court hearings scheduled for Dec. 7 on the Harrison Township arrest and Dec. 16 for the Warren arrest.