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Report: Pitching prospect Bush arrested on DUI charges after serious accident



Rays pitching prospect Matt Bush was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene after a serious accident in Port Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, per multiple TV reports.

 Per Fort Myers’ WBBH, the Florida Highway Patrol said Bush was driving a Dodge SUV that struck a motorcycle driven by 72-year-old Anthony Tufano then fled the scene, and that alcohol was a factor.

The team issued a statement late Thursday: “The Tampa Bay Rays organization is deeply saddened by today's tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. We will reserve further comment until we learn more about the incident that took place.’’
Bush, 26, had earned praised from Rays officials for his recovery from alcohol-related issues that threatened to derail his career after the Padres made him the No. 1 pick of the 2004 draft. He has been arrested previously on alcohol-related charges and spent time in alcohol rehab.

Bush had a solid season at Double-A Montgomery in 2011 and, though recently optioned to the minors, was in line to pitch at Triple-A Durham this season with a chance to reach the majors.
Per the report, Bush was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with fleeing the scene with serious injuries, driving with a suspended license with serious injuries, DUI with serious injuries, and DUI with property damage.
 Tufano, per the report, was transported to the Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center. WBBH quoted a witness, Scott Sugden, who said: "Literally the tire on the SUV ran over the driver's head. Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly.’’

[Last modified: Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:40am]


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