Carlton Fisk's DUI in a corn field was an unusual case for police; they were only used to seeing the baseball player in the Hall of Fame. The former Red Sox and White Sox catcher was found Monday behind the wheel of his F-150 in New Lenox, Ill.
Carlton Fisk's corn field DUI apparently began with a bottle of vodka, which was found inside the vehicle. Unnamed tipsters had called police about Fisk's truck, which sat in someone's field.
"Around 7:20 (Monday) night, we received a couple calls about a vehicle in a field," New Lenox Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz told ESPN Chicago. "When officers went over there, they found Mr. Fisk unconscious behind the wheel."
Police, who surmised that Fisk's truck's flat tire "might have occurred driving through a ditch," called paramedics, who arrived at the scene soon after to help the 64-year-old.
"Local paramedics in New Lenox had him examined, and the officers had reason to believe he was under the influence," Pawlisz continued. In addition, the disoriented former athlete refused a blood alcohol test, so he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
After being treated at the Silver Cross Hospital, Fisk paid his $300 bail and was allowed to leave, according to The Boston Herald. However, his actions come with consequences; he was given a citation, has a court date scheduled for Nov. 29 at the Will County Courthouse. The former catcher was charged with a lane violation, driving under the influence, and illegal transportation of alcohol.
The timing of Fisk's corn field DUI is unfortunate, as it comes one day after the 37th anniversary of his game-clinching home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. He played for the Boston Red Sox for the first 11 years of his career, then played for the White Sox for 13 years until his retirement in 1993. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.