SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Explorers on Tuesday suspended manager Stan Cliburn after he was arrested for drunken driving over the weekend. He plans to plead not guilty.
Cliburn, 56, of Jackson, Miss., was charged with misdemeanor operating while intoxicated - second offense, driving with a suspended license, driving the wrong way, not having proof of insurance, improper turning and having an open container of alcohol.
Team General Manager Shane Tritz said he would not comment on the length of the suspension. In a statement, he said: "The Sioux City Explorers are obviously concerned and disappointed after hearing of the events involving our field manager, Stanley Cliburn.”
Police in court documents said Cliburn pulled across two lanes of traffic on Fifth Street while turning onto Nebraska Street at 3:19 a.m. Saturday. Police Officer Eric Davis wrote that Cliburn also turned the wrong way down Douglas Street while pulling over during the traffic stop.
Cliburn in a telephone interview Tuesday disputed the charges. He was on the road with the team in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, but plans to plead not guilty at his court appearance Tuesday in Woodbury County.
Cliburn was previously convicted of drunken driving in Sioux City in 2012. Police said in court documents Cliburn was found sleeping in the driver’s seat of a parked Monte Carlo with the engine running in the Discovery Parking Ramp, at Fifth and Jones streets, on May 3, 2012.
The Iowa Department of Transportation suspended Cliburn’s license July 6, 2012, for nonpayment of a $200 civil penalty and failure to obtain special insurance required after the conviction.
Cliburn says he completed all the requirements from the 2012 conviction, and intends to prove Tuesday he does have insurance.
“I don’t know where they’re getting this information,” he said. “That’s why we’re disputing everything.”
He joined the Explorers in 2011 after coaching in the Minnesota Twins farm system.
Explorers pitching coach Ty Marotz will serve as interim field manager until further notice, Tritz said.