Former Tigers pitching star Denny McLain got the win — in court, that is.
Criminal charges were dropped Monday against the Tigers legend, who was facing extradition to Louisiana on charges he stiffed some landowners out of money he owed them for scrap metal.
McLain, 67, who has had several run-ins with the law over the years, was arrested Sept. 22 in Port Huron after he got tangled in construction and accidentally drove on the bridge to Canada while trying to get to a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Border officers ran his name and discovered an outstanding warrant from St. Charles Parish, La.
“It’s something that should have never, ever, ever happened,” McLain told the Free Press on Monday, adding the legal ordeal “was a little bit crazy.”
His lawyers agreed, saying McLain was not aware that a warrant had been issued until he was stopped at the border.
“Mr. McLain had no knowledge of this warrant. He was an accidental fugitive,” attorney Josh Fahlsing said. “I think he’s looking forward to getting this matter cleared up.”
According to Capt. Patrick Yoes of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, McLain had cut a deal with landowners in the Bayou Gauche area to buy some of their scrap metal. With the exception of a deposit demanded in advance by one of the landowners, no money was paid for the scrap metal, Yoes said.
“This matter was a civil case. Unfortunately, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office took the drastic step of issuing an arrest warrant,” New Orleans attorney Craig Mordock said, adding the matter has been resolved.
It got resolved just in time for McLain to focus on something perhaps less stressful: the playoffs and the World Series.
“Now let’s see if we can get the Tigers in there,” McLain said.
This article was published by the Detroit Free Press on October 4, 2011.
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