Behind the wheel of a new blue Hummer H2 Friday night in Glenview, his two daughters buckled safely in the backseat, Todd Hundley started feeling his head getting lighter and his eyelids heavier with every city block.
Hundley blamed a dose of the prescription painkiller Vicodin that he took for his ailing back on an empty stomach earlier in the evening when he thought he was in for the night. But when his 15-year-old daughter called for a ride from Hundley’s ex-wife Tiffany’s house 15 minutes across town, he put his 8-year-old daughter in the backseat of his car and hurried over to pick her up.
It was on the trip home, within a mile of his house, that the former Cubs catcher began to feel “discombobulated.”
“Then it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Hundley said Monday. “That was it. There was no alcohol at all involved.”
That will be the story he tells to defend himself in a Lake County courthouse next month when he faces charges of driving under the influence and endangering the life and health of children, Class A misdemeanors.
Hundley also was cited for making an improper turn, improper lane usage and driving a vehicle without insurance.
“I wasn’t driving 100 m.p.h. through the neighborhood, I was going 2 m.p.h. and just got discombobulated,” Hundley said. “People that know me personally know I don’t go out getting drunk around town and killing people, that I’m not like that.”
Mets fans with long memories will recall Bobby Valentine suggesting to writers that Todd needed “more rest”, thought by many to be a swipe at the boozy backstop’s drinking habits.