WINDERMERE, Fla – Johnny Damon, a retired Major League baseball player and native of Orlando, was released from prison Friday afternoon after he and his wife were accused of being involved in a DUI traffic obstruction in Windermere with an officer to fight

“The jail sucks, the handcuffs are worse,” Damon said as he left Orange County Jail on Friday afternoon

When the former professional athlete was released, an unknown man encouraged Damon not to speak to the media However, he spoke briefly

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“I am always responsible for my actions and we will see what happens soon,” said Damon. “But I will be honest with you and always be accountable and like I said, I would never put myself, my loved ones or anyone in danger get me behind the wheel of a vehicle I apologize and hope to be able to answer other questions later ”

“Yeah, you know, uh, you already know I can’t talk about that because she shouldn’t have been with me,” said Damon

According to Orange County Jail records, Damon, 47, was arrested by Windermere police and charged with DUI He defied a nonviolent officer around 8:15 a.m. Friday. His wife, 45-year-old Michelle Mangan-Damon, is charged with battery charges on a police officer and violently defies an officer

Records show a Windermere police officer spotted Damon’s Lincoln SUV floating around the lane on Conroy Windermere Road, crossing the lines, and bumping into a curb in the area on Friday >
Police said they stopped Damon on Chase Road and Bridgehouse Road near the entrance to the Lake Butler Sound housing estate

Damon and Mangan-Damon both got out of the SUV when, according to an affidavit, the officer approached despite his orders to stay in the vehicle, they both finally got back into the SUV

Police said they asked Damon why he and his wife got out of the vehicle and he replied, “Um, because we saw you following us.” The officer then explained that he had a traffic disruption performed and records show that Damon’s response was, “What traffic disruption? “

Damon was reportedly on his feet, blurring his words and smelling of alcohol, admitting he had “just a little” to drink while making a small pinch of fingers, according to the report

Records show that when the officer explained the traffic violations he witnessed prior to the stop, Mangan-Damon got out of the vehicle again and said she didn’t need to listen to the officer who asked her to get back in the SUV

The officer approached Manganese-Damon and then Damon also walked over, although he was told to stay on the other side of the vehicle At that point the officer grabbed Damon’s wrist and led him back to the driver’s side and then the officer grabbed Manganese Damon’s wrist and told her to stop, according to the report

Police said Mangan-Damon told the officer not to touch her and began to pull away Damon approached again when the cop tried to pull Mangan-Damon, and in return, Mangon-Damon grabbed the cop’s left arm while pulling back and pushing

The report states that Damon was also “involved” in the situation. Mangon-Damon then broke away from the officer and walked towards the ward guardhouse

The officer called for assistance and then went back to Damon, hugged him against the vehicle and handcuffed him, but during the trial he continued to tense his arm and moved it away according to the affidavit of the second officer who was on site Arrived, secured Mangon-Damon

Records show that at some point during the fight the officer’s body camera fell and landed openly on the ground

After Damon was secured, he told the officer, “I’m a good (expletive) guy,” and made other comments about the current political climate that were not detailed in the report

Police said Damon claimed that he and his wife were at “London House” in what he called “It’s a guy who had a lot of money to know I don’t know, mind taxes, so he is ” We just had a good time there, “says the affidavit

Records show Damon agreed to take a field sobriety test, which he failed, and told the officer he was “a big boy”

Damon was taken to a DUI testing center and received two alcohol tests around 3:30 a.m., which gave results of 0.30 and 0294, according to the affidavit. The legal limit in Florida is 08

Damon, who graduated from Doctor Phillips High School, played for several MLB teams, including the Boston Red Sox, and won a world championship in 2004

Adrienne joined News 6’s digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime, and community interests.She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalistic career at the Orlando Sentinel

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