Ex-Padres top pick Matt Bush to serve three years in jail
Tampa Bay, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Former San Diego Padres No. 1 draft pick Matt Bush will serve a three-year jail term after agreeing to a plea bargain in connection with his DUI hit-and-run case, according to his father.
Daniel Bush told the Tampa Bay Times that his son is taking the development pretty good and even preparing for it.
“He’s not crying or sulking. He’s preparing for it. Everybody in our family is backing him up,” Daniel Bush said.
The former Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher is facing with seven counts of different charges, including leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a motorcycle rider.
He is currently held on a $440,000 bond since March in Charlotte County on Florida’s lower gulf coast.
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 said. “Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly.”
Bush, a first pick of the Padres in the 2004 draft originally 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.