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Ex-Major Leaguer Pleads Not Guilty to Latest DUI Charge

<p>One-time Major League Baseball player Jim Leyritz, 44, pleaded not guilty Feb. 2 to DUI manslaughter. Previously, he pled not guilty to DUI manslaughter with impairment in the death of Ann Veitch, whose vehicle he rammed after running a red light in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dec. 28. Leyritz faces 15 years in prison if convicted.</p>

<p>Recent toxicology results showed Veitch's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at 0.18, more than twice Florida's legal driving limit of 0.08. At the police station the night of the accident, Leyritz's BAC was measured at 0.14. The 30-year-old woman was ejected from her vehicle upon impact from Leyritz's SUV and pronounced dead at Broward General Medical Center.</p>

<p>Leyritz's attorney, Mike Dutko, said Veitch's lab-result reading might alter the prosecutorial process in his client's case. "Pre-crash conditions and circumstances become terribly relevant," Dutko said. "There's a lot that needs to be investigated, analyzed and evaluated here."</p>

<p>However, Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman disagreed, saying, "It doesn't affect the cause of the crash because Leyritz ran a red light."</p>

<p>Last week, the court mandated Leyritz take daily Breathalyzer tests while he awaits trial on DUI manslaughter charges.</p>

<p>Leyritz played 11 seasons in the Majors, hitting .264 with 90 homers. Besides the New York Yankees, he played catcher for the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.</p>

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