MIAMI (AP) -Florida Marlins pitcher Scott Olsen has enrolled in a pretrial diversion program that could lead to dismissal of felony charges against him stemming from a DUI arrest.
Olsen was arrested around 4 a.m. on July 21 after allegedly refusing to pull over and getting into a fight with police. He was booked on charges of driving under the influence, resisting an officer with violence and fleeing and eluding an officer.
Olsen's trial had been scheduled for next month. If he completes the pretrial diversion program, felony charges will be dismissed, said his attorney, Walter Reynoso. Police approved the agreement, he said.
``I'm thrilled that we got the result we got so far,'' Olsen said. ``We're going step by step with the stuff I've got to take care of at my end.''
Olsen declined to discuss what charity work he might do as part of the program.
``Whatever they think is a good idea and whatever they come up with is what I'm going to do,'' he said.
The left-handed Olsen is 9-12 with a 5.60 ERA. Since his arrest he's 1-5 with a 7.30 ERA, but he denied the matter has affected his performance.
``You're able to go out there for 2 1/2 hours every five days and block it out,'' he said. ``You think about it (the) other four days. It's not that hard.''
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