Dangerous driving: Eric Gagné receives an absolute discharge

Dangerous driving  : Éric Gagné receives an unconditional discharge

Éric Gagné in the uniform of the Capitales de Québec, in 2009.

Former professional baseball star pitcher Éric Gagné was acquitted on Wednesday of charges of hit and run, impaired driving and driving with a THC level above the legal limit against him. Having pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, he was granted an absolute discharge on that count.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers star, whose major league career was marred by doping admissions, was arrested driving a sports utility vehicle on the morning of July 31, 2020 in Terrebonne.

According to the Sûreté du Québec, Mr. Gagné allegedly drove erratically and collided with two cars on Highway 640 East without stopping before hitting a another vehicle this time in the ramp leading from the 640 to Highway 40 EAST.

Still according to the police, he then fled on foot before being caught and arrested by officers.

Éric Gagné, who had no criminal record, faced a maximum prison sentence of two years less a day in this case.

Eric Gagné

After a rather discreet start, the career of 'Éric Gagné first came into his own in 2002, when the Los Angeles Dodgers made him their late-game specialist reliever.

Originally from Mascouche, the one who was nicknamed Game Over became in 2003 the first Quebecer to win the Cy Young trophy given to the best pitcher, thanks to his 55 protected victories.

Éric Gagné had to hang up his glove in 2008 after elbow and back operations.

In 2010, Éric Gagné admitted to having doped during his career by consuming growth hormones.

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