Cubs third base coach arrested for DUI

Updated: July 19, 2006, 8:54 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs third base coach Chris Speier was arrested for drunken driving early Wednesday after he ran a stop sign on a city street, police said.

Before Wednesday night's game against Houston, the Cubs announced that Speier would leave the club for several days to handle personal business. The team did not say how long he would be away.

"I talked to Chris this morning. I can't elaborate on it," manager Dusty Baker said. "Just give him some time to get some things together. I feel badly for him because he's such a great guy and outstanding baseball man."

Speier was pulled over on his motorcycle around 1:40 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence and failure to stop at a stop sign, officer Laura Kubiak said.

The 56-year-old Speier was released early Wednesday and has a traffic court date Aug. 10, Kubiak said.

Speier played 19 major league seasons, including two years with the Cubs, and was a three-time All-Star. He is in his second year as the team's third base coach. He was the Arizona Diamondbacks' third base coach when they won the World Series in 2001.

The Cubs beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Bullpen coach Juan Lopez took over at third base Wednesday night. The Cubs said Triple-A Iowa manager Mike Quade would join the team Thursday and assume third base coaching duties until Speier returns.

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