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Former Oriole Albert Belle charged with indecent exposure in Arizona

The Baltimore Sun

Former Orioles outfielder Albert Belle was arrested Saturday night near Scottsdale, Ariz., on charges of indecent exposure and DUI, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Belle, 51, was charged with two counts of indecent exposure, one count of DUI and one count of DUI with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more.

The Salt River Police Department, which handled his arrest, said Monday that Belle and another man exposed themselves to two adults and two juveniles in the parking lot of the Phoenix Rising Soccer Club Stadium. The stadium is in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

According to Salt River police, officers stopped Belle because his vehicle matched the description of the two men in the indecent exposure call. He and another adult, who has not been named, were arrested.

Belle, who played for the Orioles in 1999 and 2000, was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail on Sunday and released the same day. The Salt River department said the investigation is continuing and the case has been referred to the county attorney’s office.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez says Belle was released Sunday.

It was not known whether Belle had an attorney.

Belle spent 10 weeks in 1990 receiving treatment for alcoholism at the Cleveland Clinic.

A five-time All-Star, Belle was one of the most productive hitters of the 1990s, winning five Silver Slugger awards and leading the American League in RBIs three times and homers once. In 1995, he became the first player to hit 50 doubles and 50 home runs in a season.

A member of Cleveland Indians from 1989 to 1996, he played for the Chicago White Sox in 1997 and 1998 and finished his career with the Orioles.

The Orioles made him the majors' highest-paid player, giving him five-year, $65 million deal before the 1999 season. He played two seasons here before degenerative hip osteoarthritis forced him to retire in spring training 2001 at age 34.

Belle's career was marked by controversy.

In 1994, he was suspended seven games in 1994 for using a corked bat and then sending Indians teammate and future Oriole Jason Grimsley to break into the locked umpires' dressing room and replace the evidence.

In 1996, he was fined after knocking down Milwaukee Brewers infielder Fernando Viña on the base paths.

A year later, he reached a settlement in principle in a damage action filed by a teenager after a Halloween egg-throwing incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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