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Rays player arrested in DUI hit and run

Charlotte County, Florida -- A Tampa Bay Rays player has been charged in a DUI hit and run accident that left a motorcyclist in serious condition Thursday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, around 5:22 p.m., 26-year-old Rays pitcher Matt Bush hit the back of the motorcycle while he was driving behind it on US 41, approaching Murdock Circle. The motorcycle overturned, ejecting 72-year-old Anthony Tufano from the bike.

Tufano is currently at Lee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

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Troopers say Bush then fled the scene, heading south on US 41. A BOLO was issued for his Dodge SUV and he was later found heading south on Toledo Blade Blvd. in North Port.

Officers from several agencies made the traffic stop, arresting Bush.

The investigating officer said Bush had bloodshot and watery eyes, slow body movements, slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Bush initially refused to take a blood test, but did so after being informed of the severity of the crash, according to the release.

He blew a .180 and a .171 during a subsequent breath test. The report states that he has previous DUI charges in California and Arizona. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Florida is 0.08.

The report states that Bush made comments to officers about having "a serious alcohol problem and how he will be unable to play baseball."

Bush told investigators he was coming home from Sarasota while shopping at a mall and had "stopped and bought a few" and "kept driving."

An FHP trooper asked Bush if the incident was a serious awakening, and Bush replied it wasn't and he had "already been there," according to the release.

Bush also admitted to hitting a pole earlier in the day in Sarasota, and he said he didn't see the motorcycle or remember hitting it.

He was taken to Charlotte County Jail and is being charged with Fleeing the Scene with Serious Injuries, Driving with a Suspended License with Serious Injuries, DUI with Serious Injuries, and DUI with Property Damage.

Bush remains in jail without bond until his first appearance Saturday.

Bush, who the San Diego Padres selected with the No. 1 pick of the 2004 draft, has previously been arrested on alcohol-related charges and has spent time in rehab.

In four spring training outings this spring for the Rays, Bush has pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits.