ATLANTA — DUI and reckless driving charges have been dismissed against Braves pitcher Derek Lowe.
One of Lowe’s attorneys, Cory Yager, said Thursday that solicitor Raines Carter, the chief prosecutor in Atlanta Municipal Court, agreed to dismiss the charges for lack of evidence.
Yager says police video following the April 28 arrest showed Lowe “did remarkably well” in his field sobriety tests after declining a breath test.
Yager told The Associated Press the reckless driving charge, which stemmed from an allegation Lowe was racing, “was absolutely unfounded.”
Lowe, 37, did not contest a traffic violation for making an improper lane change. The Braves were off on Thursday and open a home series against Cincinnati tonight.
BRAVES TRADE RODRIGO LOPEZ: The Atlanta Braves have traded veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to the Chicago Cubs in a deal for minor league left-hander Ryan Buchter.
Buchter, 24, will be assigned to the Braves’ high Class A team in Lynchburg, Va. He was a combined 4-0 with one save and a 3.38 ERA for the Cubs’ Class A Daytona and AA Tennessee teams this season. The 36-year-old Lopez signed a minor league deal with Atlanta in the offseason. He was 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA in nine games for Triple-A Gwinnett.
Lopez is 75-82 in nine seasons in the major leagues, including a 7-16 record and 5.00 ERA with Arizona last season.