Report: Matt Bush to serve 3 years
Former No. 1 draft pick Matt Bush has agreed to a plea bargain in his DUI hit-and-run case that includes a prison sentence of at least three years on top of time already served, his father has told the Tampa Bay Times.
"He's taking it pretty good," Daniel Bush said, according to the newspaper. "He's not crying or sulking. He's preparing for it. Everybody in our family is backing him up."
The former Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher has reportedly been held on a $440,000 bond since March in Charlotte County on Florida's lower Gulf Coast on seven charges, counts that include leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist.
Court records also showed Bush was driving with a suspended license. The Florida Highway Patrol said Bush kept driving after hitting a motorcycle, whose rider was hospitalized for weeks with numerous serious injuries.
"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 the San Diego Padres as a shortstop, 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.