Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Former Major Leaguer Fails BAID Test 4 Times

I'm sure that most of you know that Illinois' DUI laws were amended effective January 1, 2009 to provide for monitoring device driving permits (MDDPs) in place of judicial driving permits (JDPs). As part of the MDDP process, a first time DUI offender with a statutory summary suspension can drive, but only after the installation of a breath interlock ignition device (BAID).

BAIDs are new in Illinois, but not in Florida where former Major Leaguer Jim Leyritz was recently arrested because his BAID registered alcohol consumption on four separate occasions.

Leyritz is currently awaiting trial on one count of DUI manslaughter and one count of DUI property damage. His trial is tentatively set for May 25, 2009. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Authorities allege that Leyritz was drunk on Dec. 28, 2007 when he ran a red light in his SUV and crashed into another car, killing the other driver. Authorities said toxicology reports indicated that Leyritz's blood-alcohol level three hours after the crash was 0.14 percent. His license was also suspended at the time of that crash.

A condition of his bond is that he consume no alcohol. After his BAID registered positive for alcohol on four separate occasions, a judge revoked his bond and he was arrested. No word on whether he will remain jailed until his trial.

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