In 2007, ex-New York Yankee Jim Leyritz was involved in a car accident in Florida that killed 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch. Both Leyrtiz & Veitch were discovered to have been driving drunk at the time of the collision.
You would think that after dealing with the experience of a crash that took another person’s life, you might think twice about ever wanting to get behind the wheel while intoxicated again. But Leyritz apparently had no such concerns, as prosecutors claim he tried to drive after drinking at least four times since the accident.
The MIAMI HERALD reports that since his arrest for DUI manslaughter, Leyritz was allowed to roam free, as long as he didn’t consume any alcohol or any other controlled substance. However, Jim apparently couldn’t stay on the wagon before he wanted to drive it:
But between September and January, records show Leyritz, 45, on four separate occasions attempted to drive his car with alcohol in his system, prosecutor Stefani Newman said.
Leyritz’s car is equipped with an ignition interlock system that he has to blow in before starting his vehicle. The tests only became known to prosecutors recently, but Newman would not say how she found out about the incidents.
A motion to revoke Leyritz’s bond has been filed with Circuit Judge Marc Gold.
Newman further stated that Leyritz “poses a danger to the community” for his continued attempts at securing a second DUI. He’s already facing the possibility of up to 15 years in prison, and these latest revelations aren’t going to help reduce that sentence.
A little advice for Jim: Next time, take a cab.
*UPDATE*: Leyritz is now back behind bars.