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Agent: Guyer is "innocent victim" in RHP Matt Bush DUI hit-and-run case





Tampa Bay Rays minor league outfielder Brandon Guyer had no knowledge of Matt Bush's suspended driver's license when he allowed the pitcher to use his Dodge Durango Thursday, the day Bush was arrested after a DUI hit-and-run accident.

"He's an innocent victim," Guyer's agent, Jamie Appel told the Tampa Bay Times Monday.

Appel said Bush was only supposed to drop Guyer off at the team's facility in Port Charlotte Thursday morning, then immediately return to their apartment, where the teammates were roommates. Appel said Guyer didn't give Bush permission to use the SUV for anything else that day. Bush told police he drove to Sarasota, then stopped to buy a few drinks, before getting arrested in North Port. Police say Bush hit the motorcycle of 72-year-old Tony Tufano and fled the scene, while having a .180 blood alcohol percentage, more than twice the legal limit.

Appel said Guyer's SUV has been seized as evidence, and he's cooperated with police in the investigation. FHP lieutenant Greg Bueno said Monday it doesn't appear Guyer is the target of any criminal wrongdoing. But Guyer could still find himself liable in a potential civil case, since he owned the vehicle. Appel said they're going to let the legal process play out, but Guyer is in "good standing" with the Rays.

Guyer, who is scheduled to play for Triple-A Durham today, has declined to comment.


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:40am]


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