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Bail for Rays' Matt Bush reduced to $440,000

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:03 AM

A Charlotte County judge reduced the bail Thursday for Tampa Bay Rays minor-leaguer Matt Bush from $1.015 million to $440,000.

Bush was arrested in connection with a March 22 hit-and-run crash on U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte that seriously injured a motorcyclist. Bush faces seven charges, including driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Bail was set March 24, but Bush's attorney, Russell Kirshy, argued that it should be lowered after reviewing similar cases in Charlotte County.

On Thursday, the judge ordered that Bush must wear a GPS bracelet and alcohol monitoring device. Both of these will cost an estimated $600 a month. He will also have to remain in the county, be subject to a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. curfew and be unable to go to establishments that serve alcohol. He also won't be allowed to drive.

His attorney told WINK-TV that even with the bail reduction his client can't afford to post bond and will likely remain in the Charlotte County Jail.

Investigators said that Bush borrowed a teammate's sport utility vehicle on March 22 and struck a motorcycle operated by Tony Tufano, 72, of Port Charlotte. Tufano was airlifted to a hospital with fractured ribs, a fractured wrist and brain hemorrhaging. He spent time in a medically induced coma and is now recovering at home.

Bush faces charges of hit-and-run/failure to remain at a crash involving injury, driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence with serious injuries, two counts of hit-and-run/leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and two counts of DUI with property damage.

During a bail hearing, prosecutor Richard Simpson presented evidence on Bush's previous DUI arrests and information regarding his actions on the day of the crash. According to investigators, Bush was involved in at least two other crashes the same day.

The Rays removed Bush from the active roster after the arrest. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2004 and signed by the Rays as a free agent in January 2010.

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