LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old Jonathan Denney, a minor league catcher for the Boston Red Sox, for knowingly driving with a suspended license just before midnight last night on Fort Myers Beach.
According to his arrest report, deputies saw a black Ford Raptor fishtail while accelerating from a stop sign. The vehicle was stopped, but the driver, later identified as Denney, couldn't produce a driver's license. Instead, he gave them his passport, and a paper license from Arkansas hat stated his license was restricted for business and emergencies due to a DUI. When asked why he was on Fort Myers beach, Denney allegedly told the deputies that he was there to party. Denney was issued a criminal citation and a friend was called to give him a ride home.
Two hours later, deputies saw Denney get into his truck ad drive out of Times Square. he was again pulled over and asked what he was doing. Denney said he was giving the female in the passenger seat a ride, and became beligerent, swearing at the deputies. Denney reportedly said that he was a Boston Red Sox player and that he had more money than the deputies would ever see.
At that time, Denney was placed in handcuffs, and allegedly said that he would be "out in no time" because of who he played for.
It was later discovered that Denney's license was no longer restricted, but was suspended entirely.
According to our partners at the News-Press, Denney was a third-round draft pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Denney has been playing in the Sox’s Gulf Coast League affiliation since signing with the team.
Denney was released from Lee County Jail on $500 bond hours after his arrest. He has a court appearance scheduled for March 31.