Cleveland Indians lefty reliever Scott Sauerbeck and a woman were arrested reeking of alcohol and cowering in the bushes of a suburban Cleveland back yard at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Police say they spotted a woman, who turned out to be Lily Miller, driving a 1966 Lincoln convertible very erratically, with the top down and Florida plates, in Avon, west of Cleveland, at 3:45 a.m. Police followed the car into Sheffield Village, and observed it turning "abruptly" into an Abbe Road driveway.
After behaving "suspiciously" for a time inside the car, the pair exited the vehicle and, according to the police involved, "looked at us and walked into the back yard ... as if they lived at this residence."
Police heard the rattling of a chain link fence, looked unsuccessfully for the fugitives, then contacted the owner of the house who said she did not know who owned the car and that she was "very nervous." Police called a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the driveway. When the tow arrived, the homeowner said she had heard voices coming from outside the southeast corner of her house. Police circled stealthily around the house and found Sauerbeck and Miller "hiding between the house and the bushes."
Police described the pair as both having the "strong odor" of alcohol "on or about their persons," and Miller was described as "staggering badly" and "very confused while speaking."
Sauerbeck, 34, was charged with obstructing official business and wrongful entrustment; and Miller, 28, was charged with obstructing official business and driving while intoxicated with a mighty blood-alcohol level of 0.253 percent - over three-times the Ohio impairment limit of 0.08 percent. The charges each carry a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.