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Leyritz could face additional charge with suspended license

1/2/2008 - MLB

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former World Series star
Jim Leyritz had a suspended license before he was charged with driving
under the influence and killing a woman last week in Florida.

New York State suspended the Florida license a month before the
crash. Florida officials said Leyritz's license is still valid in
the state, but they planned to suspend it soon, the state motor
vehicles department said.

Leyritz was ticketed outside Albany, N.Y., for using a cell
phone while driving June 20, and his license was suspended Nov. 23
for failing to answer the summons, according to records.

"He has a suspension on his record. It's current as of today,"
Ken Brown, spokesman for the New York Department of Motor Vehicles,
said Wednesday.

Leyritz's attorney, Jeffrey Ostrow, said his client's license
"was not suspended in the state of Florida on the day of the
accident, nor is it suspended today."

The 44-year-old ex-catcher was charged with DUI manslaughter and
DUI property damage, police said. His 2006 Ford Expedition crashed
at an intersection Friday, hitting the car of Fredia Ann Veitch.
The 30-year-old woman from Plantation, was ejected from her 2000
Mitsubishi Montero and died at Broward General Medical Center.

Leyritz, of Davie, has posted an $11,000 bond and could face
additional charges once the suspension is put into the system
Florida uses, police said.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will
send a letter to Leyritz, notifying him of the suspension before
the end of the week. The suspension will start 20 days after he
receives the letter, said Ann Nucatola, a spokeswoman for Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles.

"The department has the statutory ability to suspend his
license based on the fact he had knowledge of a suspension in
another state and still came to Florida for a driver's license. It
is unlawful," Nucatola said.

Leyritz played for six major league teams, starred in the 1996
World Series and was last in the majors in 2000.