Sunday, February 12, 2006
How Did The Boston Media Dogs Miss This One??
Red Sox 2005 Second Round Pick Was Busted For DUI and Cocaine Possession in September
September bust for Catcher Jonathan Egan
(We'll keep you posted, but it looks like probation and counseling for a first time offense).
The headlines on June 8 said it was a dream day for Jon Egan.
The Cross Creek standout was the highest-selected Richmond County player in the professional baseball draft in recent history, going in the second round (57th overall) of the draft to the Boston Red Sox.
If that was the dream, Sept. 9 was the rude awakening.
Egan was stopped at a roadblock Friday evening seven miles south of Millen on Ga. Highway 23 heading toward Twin City.
Egan, 18, driving a vehicle accompanied by two friends, was one of the first stops that night. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated, possession of alcohol by a minor, underage possession of alcohol in a vehicle he was operating, and possession of a fraudulent identification card.
The controlled substance was suspected to be cocaine.
"That has to go to the lab for verification but that substance was believed to be less than a gram of cocaine," Jenkins County Sheriff Tim Fields said.
A patrolman from Georgia State Patrol Post 21 in Sylvania worked the case. That officer was not available for comment Tuesday evening.
Pursuant to Jenkins County policy, Egan was held overnight in the county jail for a minimum of eight hours.
(He was held overnight in Jenkins County Jail, and was released on a bond the next morning. According to the Georgia Public Defender's office, a first offense penalty for posession of a schedule II controlled substance is imprisonment for not less than 2 and not more than 15 years).
He was released on personal property bond of $7,500 on Saturday morning.
His passengers, Benjamin D. Keilholtz and Matthew Quattlebaum, both of Hephzibah, were detained and face charges. Keilholtz and Quattlebaum each were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of marijuana.
Fields said Egan, who received a signing bonus of close to $600,000 with his first pro contract, will have a hearing in Jenkins County Superior Court. A date has yet to be set.
A message left on Egan's cell phone was not returned.
"Each of the gentlemen were respectful," Fields said.
"But you could tell that each of them were pretty perplexed, especially Egan, which was understandable."
Egan is still expected to report to the Instructional League for fall workouts with the Red Sox in approximately two weeks.
(Credit to Augusta Chronicle and web sources)