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Prospect Britton arrested, charged with DUI

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Red Sox pitching prospect Drake Britton was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and speeding at 111 mph early Saturday morning, according to the Lee County Sherrif's Office in Southwest Florida.

Police said Britton knocked down a barbed-wire fence and briefly kept driving before he was arrested near Estero, Fla., close to the Red Sox's Spring Training home in Fort Myers. Britton, 23, was charged with DUI, DUI property damage and reckless driving. Britton allegedly told the arresting officer he had been drinking, and he was brought to the Lee County Jail at 4:42 a.m. ET.

"This is a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously, and it is being addressed," the Red Sox said in a statement Tuesday. "The club will not make further comment on this matter."

"We take every situation like that seriously," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "In this case, with Drake, it's still being addressed. We're still gathering information and the facts of what transpired. Fortunately, in this case, there was no one injured, but the bottom line is that it's a very serious issue with us."

Britton was released at 10:41 a.m. on Saturday on a $2,250 bond and has a court appearance set for March 18.

In Major League camp for the first time this season after Boston drafted him in the 23rd round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Britton was scheduled to pitch on Sunday for the big league team. The left-hander was optioned to Double-A Portland on Monday.

Britton went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA at Portland last season.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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