GROVE CITY, Ohio - Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been known for the speed of his pitches that have reached more than 100 mph, but it was driving speed that landed him behind bars in Grove City, Ohio, early Monday morning.
Grove City officials arrested Chapman for speeding and driving under suspension around 12:35 a.m. Monday. According to a police report, Chapman, 24, was caught driving 93 mph on I-71 at the 99.8 mile marker. The speed limit is 65 mph. Chapman was driving a black 1999 Mercedes S63.
During the traffic stop, police found that Chapman had a suspended license in Kentucky. He was arrested and taken to the Grove City Police Department where he was cited for speeding and driving under a suspension.
Chapman's license has been suspended twice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Also on Chapman's record is a failure to appear in court in Florida. Court records state Chapman was cited in Spencer, Kentucky in August 2010. He was also cited for speeding in Gallatin County in 2011. In June of 2011, he failed to appear for a hearing and his license was suspended for excessive points. In Jan. 2012, Chapman's license was reinstated. Also in Jan. of 2012, Miami-Dade police cited Chapman for speeding. Records state he did 95 mph in a 55 mph zone. Court records also state he failed to appear at a hearing. On May 13, 2012, his license was suspended for a second time.
Chapman was locked up for a total of 42 minutes and then released around 2 a.m. after posting 10 percent of his $181 bond. Grove City police say a woman came to pick up Chapman from the police department since his Mercedes was impounded.
The arresting Grove City officer said Chapman was cooperative and "very nice," although the was a slight language barrier with Chapman, whose first language is Spanish. When Chapman was pulled over, the officers did not recognize the Major League pitcher, according to officials.
Chapman last took the mound on Sunday when he closed for the Reds against the New York Yankees. The Reds won that game in a 5-2 victory.
He currently holds the record for the fastest recorded pitch speed in Major League Baseball throwing 105.1 mph. Chapman did not play in Monday night's home game against the Braves.
Chapman is expected in court on June 6 around 10 a.m. An attorney is authorized to appear in his place for the hearing.