Sporting News – Matt Bush, the No. 1 overall pick by the San Diego Padres in 2004 who now is trying to win a spot in the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen, was charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Fla., reports the incident happened at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. Bush was driving an SUV that struck a motorcycle driven by 72-year-old Anthony Tufano, and he then fled the scene. The police report said alcohol was a factor.
Tufano’s condition isn’t known, but a witness gave WBBH a horrifying account of the accident, saying, “Literally, the tire on the SUV ran over the driver’s head. Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly.”
A statement from the Rays said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. We will reserve further comment until we learn more about the incident.”
Bush, 26, has had several alcohol-related legal problems in the past, including a couple of fights.
In four Grapefruit League appearances this spring, Bush has tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Matt Bush. What a freaking scumbag. You were already one of the biggest busts no. 1 overall picks in the history of baseball. This might push you to the top all by your self. Now Rays fans can dislike you just as much as Padres fans. I saw you got a DUI, which is awful enough… but your really raised the ante with that hit and run. That eye witness report saying he literally ran over this old man’s head? Would’ve died instantly if he wasn’t wearing a helmet…. still might. Geez. Just horrible news. Prayers for that man and his family. I hope Matt Bush is thrown in jail for a long time kicked out of baseball forever…
It does bring up an old argument that I’ve often pondered… who is the bigger Mission Bay High School bust? Matt Bush or Dillon Baxter? Discuss.
Take a look at that mugshot again… he doesn’t look drunk. He’s looks real drunk… or real high.