May 17, 2009

Leyritz DUI reading found to be false

Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz won't have to go back to jail since the alcohol-monitoring device in his car likely malfunctioned, a judge says.

Broward County Circuit Judge Marc Gold ruled Friday that Leyritz, 45, was not at fault for a positive reading on an alcohol device installed in his car by police as he awaits trial on DUI manslaughter charges, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Gold reportedly could have jailed Leyritz if the former New York Yankees player had been found to have alcohol in his system while in control of his car. But state prosecutor Stefanie Newman said Leyritz submitted urine samples that contradicted the results of the monitoring device, which had apparently malfunctioned.

Leyritz admitted this year to drinking on four occasions after the monitoring device gave positive readings and was jailed for five days, the newspaper said. He is accused of being drunk while running a red light and colliding with a car driven by a 30-year-old woman who was killed in the December 2007 crash in Fort Lauderdale.