2 Timbers arrested for DUII in Lake Oswego after crash; MLS investigating

Timbers players cited for DUII

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell and starting goalie Jake Gleeson were arrested for DUII early Tuesday morning.

About 10:30 p.m. Monday, Lake Oswego dispatchers got a call from BMW Emergency Services saying a customer was in a crash near Pilkington Road and Willow Lane, according to Sgt. Tom Hamann.

Arriving officers found Gleeson and his car, which had "massive" front end damage and deployed air bags. 

The officers learned that Gleeson had called Ridgewell to come help him. He arrived in a BMW and both were administered field sobriety tests, then taken to the Clackamas County jail. They refused to take breathalyzer tests, Hamann said.

In addition to DUII, Gleeson was cited for reckless driving. Each posted $7,500 bail, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The Timbers, Major League Soccer, Gleeson and Ridgewell all issued statements Tuesday:

The Timbers statement:

"The team is aware of the events that occurred last evening involving players Jake Gleeson and Liam Ridgewell and is in the process of gathering information on the matter. The team has been in close contact with the players, local law enforcement and the league office. The club will not have further comment until more information is available."

Major League Soccer statement:  

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and defender Liam Ridgewell were arrested Monday evening for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Gleeson faces additional accusations of reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. Each player will undergo an assessment by MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (“SABH”) Program doctors pursuant to the SABH Policy. 
Gleeson and Ridgewell will not be eligible to participate in any competition until that assessment is complete, they are cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors, and Major League Soccer completes its investigation. Major League Soccer will remain in close communication with the Portland Timbers, local law enforcement, and the MLS Players Union during this ongoing investigation.

Statements from Jake Gleeson:

I am profoundly sorry that I let down a community that has graciously supported not only me, but my teammates as well. I take full responsibility for my behavior and will do whatever is necessary to regain the trust of the Timbers organization, the fans and Major League Soccer.

Jake Gleeson

The attorney for Liam Ridgewell:

My client would like to apologize to the community, the Timbers organization and his family for his recent arrest on the charge of Driving Under the Influence. He understands that he is a role model and looks forward to earning back the trust of the community.


Sean J. Riddell
Attorney for Liam Ridgewell

The defending MLS champion team was eliminated from the playoffs after a tough loss Sunday night, capping off a season that saw no road wins.

More: Timbers collapse 4-1 to Whitecaps in playoff match



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