BASEBALL — 26 March 2012

Minor-league pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays Matt Bush remained in jail today following a DUI and hit-and-run accident that left a motorcyclist hospitalized and in critical condition.

Anthony Tufany was reportedly struck from behind by an SUV driven by Bush while driving his motorcycle. Tufany is now at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with broke ribs, several broken bones in his back, a broken wrist, road rash on his arms, a collapsed lung and hemorrhaging in his brain.

Matt Bush initially refused a blood test, but when he was informed of the severity of the crash he went ahead and let police take one. His blood alcohol level was measured at .180, more than twice the legal limit. Below is the police photo of Bush the day of the accident:

Tufany was listed Sunday in critical condition.

Matt Bush has battled alcohol abuse since being the number 1 overall pick as a shortstop in 2004. Below is Bush’s

Tampa Bay Rays team executive Andrew Friedman told the Tampa Tribune on Sunday that Bush will never play for the Rays. “I think it’s safe to say that he’s not going to play for us on the field.”

The first move by Bush and his lawyer came during his first court appearance on Saturday morning where his attorney told the judge that the Tampa Bay Rays would like Bush to be entered into a rehab program, beginning with a 72 hour hospital stay.

Bush faces seven charges and his bail has been set at $1.015 million. The seven charges he is faced with include two counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, two counts of DUI with property damage, one count of failure to stop and remain at a crash involving an injury, one count of driving with a suspended license and one count of DUI with serious bodily injury to another.

Bush’s lawyer, Russell T. Kirshy met with Bush on Friday ans said that his client is “very subdued, very worried, very introspective.”

 

 

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