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Defense of ex-Yankee Jim Leyritz in DUI manslaughter case: I wasn't driving drunk

Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 4:00 AM

Prosecution witnesses estimated that Jim Leyritz's blood-alcohol level was as high as 0.19 when the crash occurred.

Troubled Yankees hero Jim Leyritz played defense on Monday, claiming he was sober during a 2007 crash that killed a 30-year-old woman.

Leyritz lawyer David Bogenschutz said video and phone records will show Fredia Ann Veitch was speeding and ran a red light.

Leyritz, 46, best known for a dramatic 1996 World Series home run, faces up to 15 years if convicted of DUI manslaughter.

Bogenschutz said blood-alcohol tests were “mishandled and unreliable” because they were taken three hours after the crash. He said the concussion Leyritz suffered may have skewed the tests.

Prosecution witnesses estimated that Leyritz’s blood-alcohol level was as high as 0.19 when the crash occurred, more than twice Florida‘s 0.08 limit.

Veitch also was drunk, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 shortly after the crash.


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