Rick Horton and “The Mad Hungarian” Al Hrabosky are working tonight’s Giants/Cards tilt without the assistance of Dan McLaughlin. Fox Sports Midwest’s regular play-by-play announcer for St. Louis is taking some much needed time off, as the Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar explains.
Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police.
Chesterfield police Lt. Steve Lewis said McLaughlin was pulled over about 10:45 p.m. on eastbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) after an officer responded to a report of an erratic driver.
The officer suspected McLaughlin had been drinking and requested McLaughlin take a breath test. McLaughlin refused and was arrested, Lewis said. He was taken to Chesterfield police headquarters and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was released on bond at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chesterfield police.
Fox Sports Midwest said in a statement that McLaughlin is taking time off for “personal reasons” and is expected to return for Monday’s telecast in Pittsburgh.
Is there an institutional drinking-and-driving problem within the Cardinals organization? McLaughlin’s arrest comes 3 years and change after Tony La Genius’ own DUI escapades, and nearly the same amount of time after St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock died in what one of Casear’s own colleagues claimed was an alcohol-related traffic fatality.