Ronald E. Funderburke, 61, working as a bus driver from Shelby, NC, was taken into custody for allegedly operating the Pittsburgh Pirates vehicle while intoxicated. This event occurred on Thursday evening as the team’s bus departed from Chicago after completing a series and en route to Milwaukee. Law enforcement officers who were accompanying the bus observed erratic behavior from the vehicle.
According to a representative from the Illinois State Police, Funderburke did not follow the prescribed route provided by the escort but instead deviated from it. The bus continued to exhibit unpredictable driving patterns, leading to its eventual stop on the right side of Interstate 94 northbound at Dempster Street.
Upon observing signs of impairment, law enforcement officers apprehended Funderburke on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Subsequently, he was taken to the 16th District of the Chicago Police Department.
Brian Warecki, the Pirates’ senior vice president of communications, expressed deep concern regarding the incident. However, he assured that all team members arrived safely in Milwaukee. The team had enlisted the services of a local provider for the bus, and discussions were underway with the relevant parties to address the matter.