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Former Angels player charged with DUI, hit-and-run and assault
An arrest warrant has been issued for Scott Spiezio, an Irvine resident. UPDATE: St. Louis Cardinals cut Spiezio from the team Wednesday.
A former Angels baseball player was charged Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash and is suspected of drunken driving and attacking a friend.
According to the District Attorney's office, a $10,000 warrant has been issued for Scott Spiezio's arrest. The St. Louis Cardinals cut him on Wednesday, a day after the warrant was issued, The Associated Press reported.
Spiezio, an Irvine resident, is charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more, hit and run with property damage, and aggravated assault and battery.
Spiezio, 35, will face two years in prison if he is convicted, according to the District Attorney's office.
“We anticipate a successful resolution to this misdemeanor matter,” said his attorney, Paul S. Meyer of Costa Mesa. Meyer declined further comment.
Police say Spiezio had several vodka drinks at a Newport Beach bar before leaving it at about 12:20 a.m. Dec. 30 in a 2004 BMW and attempting to drive home. Police are not yet releasing the name of the bar, said Lt. Rick Handfield of the Irvine Police Department.
Spiezio is also accused of speeding, cutting across lanes and through oncoming traffic lanes, driving over a curb and crashing into a fence at Campus Drive and Carlson. The front two tires of his car blew out when he allegedly hit the fence and knocked down a fence pole. He allegedly then fled on foot to his Irvine condo complex, near the scene of the accident, and visited a friend who lived in the same complex, Handfield said.
Spiezio is accused of vomiting in his friend's room and becoming angry when his friend commented on the vomit. He then allegedly attacked his friend, punching him and throwing him against a wall, according to the District Attorney's office.
Irvine police investigated the scene of the one-car accident, Handfield said, and found witnesses who said the driver ran away. Police then discovered Spiezio was the registered owner of the car and went to his condo where they spoke with Spiezio's friend, Handfield said.
The police were unable to contact the baseball player and he has not yet made a statement to Irvine Police. Handfield said Spiezio is with the Cardinals in Florida for spring training.
“We feel pretty comfortable he will have to come back to California and be a part of this and tell us of his involvement,” Handfield said.
Spiezio entered a rehab program in August 2007 and stayed for more than a month for a substance problem when he was playing for the Cardinals. While he underwent treatment, the team placed him on the restricted list. The team at the time did not specify what substances were involved, according to Orange County Register reports.
“We hope Scott will continue to seek appropriate help and wish him the best in baseball, but more importantly in life,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak told The Associated Press.
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