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Former Wildcat ordered to take daily breath tests in wake of accident

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Former World Series star Jim
Leyritz was ordered Thursday to take daily breath tests while he
awaits trial on DUI manslaughter charges.
Judge Marc Gold said Leyritz must stay away from drugs and
alcohol while waiting for trial, and he must blow into a machine
three times a day to prove he is following orders.
Leyritz pleaded not guilty Thursday to a recently added charge
of DUI manslaughter by unlawful blood-alcohol levels. He previously
pleaded not guilty to a charge of DUI manslaughter with impairment
in the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. Leyritz faces 15 years in prison
if convicted.
The 44-year-old ex-catcher did not speak on his way in or out of
the courtroom. A message left for his attorney, Mike Dutko, was not
immediately returned.
Police said Leyritz drove his sport utility vehicle through a
red light Dec. 28 in Fort Lauderdale and crashed into Veitch's car.
Blood-test results showed Leyritz's blood-alcohol content three
hours after the crash was 0.14 percent, above Florida's legal limit
of 0.08.
He played for six major league teams and was last in the majors
in 2000, ending his 11-year career. In 1996, he homered for the New
York Yankees in Game 4 of the World Series against Atlanta. The
homer made it 6-6, and the Yankees won in 10 innings. New York took
the series in six games for its first title in 18 years.

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