Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Friday morning that David Freese crashed his SUV into a tree on Thursday morning while trying to avoid a deer. While Freese has had a history of alcohol-related incidents, investigators said alcohol was not involved with this accident.

From Currier’s article:

Freese did not hit the deer…Freese was already out of his SUV when police arrived. Freese refused medical treatment, and his SUV was towed from the crash scene…Freese was arrested in December 2009 in Maryland Heights on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, as well as for public intoxication and resisting or obstructing a police officer in Riverside (Calif.) County in September 2007. The public intoxication charge was dropped but Freese pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge and received a three-year probation sentence.

9:22AM 11/24: Thankfully, no charges will be filed against Freese as it appears to just be a single car accident. Here’s what GM John Mozeliak had to say following the accident:

“Anytime you know somebody is in an accident you want to hear they’re OK and that no one else was hurt,” Mozeliak said. “I think we’re all relieved to hear he wasn’t hurt. That’s the bottom line — the fact that no one here was injured. … I don’t think there will be any issues for him coming from this.”