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Matt Bush: Latest News on Rays Pitcher's DUI Arrest Case

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 29:  Matt Bush #59 of the Tampa   Bay Rays poses for a portrait at the Charlotte Sports Park on February 29, 2012 in Port Charlotte, Florida.(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 27, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Matt Bush is potentially in a great deal of trouble for a car accident that he allegedly caused. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune detailed the tragic turn that the case has taken:

Tony Tufano, the motorcyclist struck by a SUV allegedly driven by Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitcher Matt Bush, was in a medically induced coma Monday,  Tufano's daughter-in-law said.

Tufano, 72, was hooked up to a respirator and a feeding tube and completely unresponsive, Shannon Moore said.

He added:

Bush remains in the Charlotte County Jail with bail set at $1.015 million and facing seven charges, including driving under the influence-leaving the scene of an crash with bodily injury.

This is not the first legal concern for Bush, who was arrested in 2004 and 2009 (see below).

Despite being taken first by the San Diego Padres in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft, Bush has not played a single game in the major leagues. He was originally selected as a shortstop, but was later converted to pitcher. 

Bush was driving the car of teammate Brandon Guyer. According to Mooney, Guyer could potentially face legal action as well, as Bush did not have a legal drivers' license:

Guyer can only be charged if investigators determine he knew Bush did not have a valid license when he allowed him to drive his vehicle, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the highway patrol, who had no further comment on the investigation.

As of now, no jail time has been speculated on for anyone involved. 


Further Reading:

Bill Center: SignonSanDiego.com. (Details Bush's 2004 arrest)

Brent Schrotenboer: UTSanDiego.com. (Details Bush's 2009 arrest)


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