McLaughlin arrested, will miss two Cards games

2010-08-20T15:30:00Z 2013-03-22T15:08:06Z McLaughlin arrested, will miss two Cards gamesBY CHRISTINE BYERS • cbyers@post-dispatch.com > 314-863-2821 stltoday.com

3:30 p.m. update from Dan Caesar of the Post-Dispatch:

Dan McLaughlin, play-by-play voice of Cardinals games televised by Fox Sports Midwest, will not be in the FSM booth tonight or Saturday following the news that he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated earlier this week.

Fox Sports Midwest said in a statement that McLaughlin is taking time off for "personal reasons" and is expected to return for Monday's telecast in Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals were notified of the move Friday afternoon, according to a team official.

McLaughlin will be replaced tonight and Saturday by Rick Horton, who will broadcast the game with color commentator Al Hrabosky.

Sunday's game will be telecast by KSDK (Channel 5).

McLaughlin also does sports reports for KMOX Radio (1120 AM). KMOX general manager Steve Moore said Friday afternoon that McLaughlin's status with the station is not affected.

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Updated 10:11 a.m.

CHESTERFIELD • Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police.

Chesterfield police Lt. Steve Lewis said McLaughlin was pulled over about 10:45 p.m. on eastbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) after an officer responded to a report of an erratic driver.

The officer suspected McLaughlin had been drinking and requested McLaughlin take a breath test. McLaughlin refused and was arrested, Lewis said. He was taken to Chesterfield police headquarters and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was released on bond at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chesterfield police.

Many members of the Cardinals' organization and extended family attended a fundraiser that day in St. Albans for Albert Pujols' foundation, but McLaughlin was not at that function.

McLaughlin, the primary play-by-play announcer on the Cardinals' Fox Sports Midwest telecasts, said Thursday he did not want to comment, based on advice of legal counsel.

Cardinals vice president Dan Farrell, who oversees the club's broadcasting operations, and Fox Sports Midwest spokesman Geoff Goldman also declined comment.

A motorist's drivers license can be revoked if the driver refuses to take a breath test to measure blood alcohol content. McLaughlin filed a petition Tuesday to fight revocation of his license, according to court records.

The court issued a stay order, meaning McLaughlin can continue driving while the case is pending. A hearing has been set for Oct. 6 in the case.

Greg Jonsson and Dan Caesar of the Post-Dispatch staff contributed to this report.

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