Cards broadcaster McLaughlin cited for drunk driving

2011-09-30T00:00:00Z 2013-03-22T15:08:03Z Cards broadcaster McLaughlin cited for drunk drivingBY JENNIFER MANN • > 314-340-8315

Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin has been cited for drunken driving for the second time after a stop by Chesterfield police on Sunday. Police said McLaughlin, 37, was stopped at 10:13 p.m. on Baxter Road and Isleview Drive after he crashed his vehicle.

No other vehicle was involved, police say, but declined to elaborate.

Police also accused McLaughlin of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent driving. He was released on $750 bond.

McLaughlin hasn't appeared in court on the charges. Police declined to provide more information until formal charges are issued.

McLaughlin is the primary play-by-play announcer on the Cardinals' Fox Sports Midwest telecasts. FSM general manager Jack Donovan said he takes the incident "very seriously" and that McLaughlin has been suspended. But McLaughlin has no current assignments for Fox Sports Midwest now that the Cards' regular season is over. The station does not air their postseason games.

The latest arrest came while McLaughlin apparently still was on probation for a drunken driving conviction last year in Chesterfield. In November, McLaughlin was ordered to serve two years probation and complete community service after he pleaded guilty to driving drunk on Aug. 16.

In that case, police pulled him over on Highway 40 after receiving a report of an erratic driver. McLaughlin refused to take a breath test and was arrested. He said he was returning home from a charity golf event.

At his guilty plea, McLaughlin said the arrest "taught me the most valuable lesson of my life."

As part of the plea deal, the state did not revoke his license.

Neither McLaughlin nor Cardinals senior vice president Dan Farrell, who manages the team's broadcasting, could be reached for comment.

Dan Caesar of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report

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