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MLB Star Spiezio Pleads Guilty to DUI

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On Monday, April 7, former St. Louis Cardinal Scott Spiezio pled guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving (DUI) and hit-and-run charges that stem from a car crash that occurred in Orange County, California in December.

According to Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's office, Spiezio's lawyer entered the plea of guilty as part of a plea agreement. Spiezio has been ordered to serve three years probation, undergo a three-month alcohol program, attend two meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, and complete 80 hours of community service.

Spiezio has also been ordered to pay fines and restitution of about $1,700, which includes damages of $839 caused by the crash, according to Emami.

The Cardinals cut Spiezio in February after an arrest warrant was issued for him. According to prosecutors, he crashed his vehicle into a curb and fence in Irvine, California and then ran away. The police were informed by a neighbor that Spiezio had arrived at their condo complex appearing disheveled with an apparent injury. According to the neighbor, whom court papers identify as "Michael P.," Spiezio allegedly punched him, resulting in significant injuries.

Spiezio was charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault, assault, and battery because of the neighbor's allegations, but the charges were dropped because he "was pleading guilty to two counts and had a relationship" with the neighbor, according to Emami.

Bob Battle
100% of my practice is devoted to serious traffic defense and criminal litigation in state and federal courts
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