Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa has reached an agreement to plead guilty following his drunk driving arrest in February.
According to a report Sunday by The Athletic, which acquired a copy of the agreement, La Russa's attorney filed a plea agreement on Wednesday in Maricopa (Arizona) County Justice Court in which he would plead guilty to reckless driving, as opposed to driving under the influence.
Under terms of the agreement, La Russa would serve one day in jail and be subject to work release or home detention if a judge approves at a Dec. 21 hearing. He would also have to pay a $1,383 fine and complete 20 hours of community service.
Tony La Russa stands with his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque as he is honored before a 2014 White Sox game. La Russa's first managerial job was with White Sox from 1979-86 before going on to stops in Oakland and St. Louis in a Hall of Fame career. (Photo: Matt Marton, AP)
La Russa, 76, was pulled over on Feb. 24 when his SUV hit a curb near the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. He was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety test and later charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Affidavits filed after his February arrest — which came after a dinner during spring training with employees of the Los Angeles Angels, for whom he served as a special advisor — indicated La Russa became argumentative and aimed to leverage his Hall of Fame credentials to avoid arrest.
The White Sox have refrained from commenting on the incident, other than to say they "understand the seriousness of the charges," and will wait until the case is resolved in the courts. La Russa is not expected to face any discipline from the club, nor is he in danger of losing his job, a high-ranking White Sox official told USA TODAY Sports last month.
The White Sox have acknowledged they were aware of the arrest when they hired La Russa to replace Rick Renteria on Oct. 28, one day after the case was filed.
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