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.
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.