Matt Bush arrested after accident

Updated: March 23, 2012, 8:19 AM ET
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Former San Diego Padres No. 1 pick Matt Bush was arrested Thursday after being involved in an accident with a 72-year old motorcyclist, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident with serious injuries, driving with a suspended license, DUI with serious injuries and DUI with property damage.

Bush, according to the Highway Patrol, hit a motorcyclist from behind at about 5 p.m. on U.S. 41 in Charlotte County. Bush then drove off, the agency's report said.

"Literally, the tire on the SUV ran over the driver's head," a witness told WBBH-TV in Fort Myers. "Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly."

Bush, the first pick in the 2004 draft by San Diego as a shortstop, has had problems from the start of his career. He got a $3.15 million signing bonus but was suspended that summer after getting in a fight outside an Arizona bar.

He also was involved in another drinking-related incident before the Padres dealt him to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009.

The Rays signed him to a free-agent deal before the 2010 season.