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Indians’ Bradley Cited for Fleeing

September 5, 2003

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) _ Cleveland Indians outfielder Milton Bradley was cited for speeding and fleeing when an officer tried to ticket him.

Bradley was charged with failure to comply with police, a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $1,000 and six months in jail. The speeding charge could lead to a fine. He is due in court Sept. 12.

``At this point, we don’t feel the severity requires organizational action,″ Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said Thursday. ``We are comfortable with letting the legal process take its course.″

Bradley was driving 52 mph in a 25 mph zone early Saturday, according to a police report. Patrolman Edwin Dennis said he stopped Bradley and handed him a speeding citation, but the player refused it and drove off. Dennis briefly pursued him.

``This was not a high-speed pursuit,″ police Chief John Conley said. ``He wasn’t charged with felony fleeing, just failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer.″

Bradley called Sunday to say he wanted to come in and pick up the ticket, Conley said. He did so and also signed a signature bond.

Bradley is on the disabled list with a back injury. He was in California this week to see a back specialist.

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