Elijah Dukes has found himself in a great deal of trouble since seeing his playing career end and it would seem as though he’s been involved in yet another incident. The former Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals outfielder was arrested late Monday evening, according to Laura Morel of the Tampa Bay Times, for failing to appear in court on numerous drug and traffic charges.
Dukes faces charges related to driving with a cancelled/revoked license, marijuana possession and for tampering with physical evidence.
It’s far from the first time he’s been in trouble with the law, as Dukes has been arrested multiple times for assault, failure to pay child support, drug related charges and for reportedly hitting his then-pregnant ex-girlfriend.
Drafted by Tampa Bay in 2003 (3rd Round) out of a Tampa area high school, Dukes was once thought to be a promising talent as he worked his way through the Rays minor league system. He reached the Majors in 2007, batting a mere .190/.318/.391 on the year in 220 plate appearances. He’d be traded to Washington after the season and would spend parts of the next two seasons with the Nationals, hitting .256/.359/.430 over 188 games (750 PA). Dukes spent part of the 2010 season with the Independent League’s Newark Bears, but otherwise hasn’t seen any organized playing time at any level since leaving the Nationals following the 2009 campaign.