Former New York Yankee catcher Jim Leyritz was arrested today for violation of his bond. Leyritz tried to operate his vehicle while having alcohol in his system. Read more, photos and video below.
On December 28 2007, Leyritz allegedly drove through a stop sign crashing into another vehicle killing Fredia Ann Veitch. Leyritz has been charged with DUI manslaughter by impairment and was confined to his home since then under the condition that he would not drink alcohol or take any substances that would impair him. From ESPN:
Bogenschutz said Leyritz has used the vehicle breath device some 4,000 times with only four registered alcohol incidents. He said that since the latest incident in January, authorities have made it clear to Leyritz that he is still not allowed to consume any alcohol — and Leyritz hasn’t.
It is being reported that on four separate occasions since September of 2008 and last month, Leyritz tried to start his car with alcohol in his system. His car is equipped with an ignition interlock system in which he must blow into to start the vehicle. Leyritz’s trial is scheduled to start in May, if convicted he could receive up to 15 years in prison.
Leyritz played for 11 years with six different teams. He is most known for his dramatic game tying homerun in game number 4 of the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves. The Yankees went on to win the game in extra innings;and went back to New York to clench the series in 6 games. Leyritz has been out of baseball since 2000; he is 45 years old.
More photos and a video of Jim Leyritz are below.
Leyritz Field Sobriety Video