[EARLIER] Rays minor league pitcher Matt Bush was arrested this evening for leaving the scene of an accident in which another person was injured (via Roger Mooney of TBO.com). We will add details as we get them, but at this point, considering Bush’s history, we just hope alcohol was not involved.
[UPDATE 1] It is now being reported by Roger Mooney that Bush is indeed being charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and that the accident involved “serious injuries.” He has also been charged with driving with a suspended license and DUI with property damage.
[UPDATE 2] It is being reported by WinkNews.com that Bush hit a motorcycle from behind “throwing a 72-year-old off the bike.” The accident happened shortly after 5:00 pm in Port Charlotte.
[UPDATE 3] According to WTSP.com, the driver of the motorcycle is in serious condition.
[UPDATE 4] Ugh. Now it is getting ugly. According to ABC-7.com, “Literally the tire on the SUV ran over the driver’s head.” The driver was wearing a helmet.
[UPDATE 5] You can see Bush’s mugshot in this post. [Rays Index]
Bush, who was the top pick in the 2004 draft by the San Diego Padres, has a history of arrests. He was first arrested after an altercation outside of a nightclub only weeks after being drafted. He was also arrested twice in 2009, one for assaulting a high school athlete while intoxicated. In addition, Bush is a recovering alcoholic, having spent several months in a rehab center before signing with the Rays.
This latest arrest is unfortunate because it appeared that Bush had straightened his life out and was finally close to making it to the big leagues as a pitcher. While he was not likely to make the opening day roster, there was a good chance he would have been seen at some point during the season.