Former #1 overall pick and Major Leaguer, Matt Bush, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after getting in a serious collision with a motorcyclist in Tampa, FL. The motorcyclist he his is in serious condition and investigators are still putting together all the details.
Bush has a long and storied relationship with alcohol and criminal defense attorneys dating back to his teenage years. Bush is a recovering alcoholic who seemed to have relapsed. According to police reports, Bush’s blood alcohol content was .18, more than twice the legal limit.
Bush had been fighting a battle with sobriety, as well as a battle to get back to the majors. He was slated to begin this year in AAA, but was expected to eventually get called up by the Tampa Bay Rays, the MLB team that owns his contract.
It now looks as though Bush will spend the remainder of his spring in court and possibly in jail. While Florida laws are different, in California, punishment for a DUI that involves serious injury can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, known as a wobbler. Given Bush’s arrest history, prosecutors would most likely pursue a felony conviction, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.
Hit and Run is also a serious crime in California and is also a wobbler. Because of the serious nature of the injuries in this crash, it again would be likely that the DA would pursue a felony conviction, which carries a maximum sentence of 4 years in state prison.
We reiterate that California and Florida laws vary, it is very likely that Bush is facing several years in prison, regardless of how talented his DUI attorney is.