Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa Pleads Guilty to DUI

By Mary Ann

The manager of the 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, 28-year veteran Tony La Russa, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence from an incident in Florida during last year’s spring training, in which police found him asleep at a traffic light with a blood alcohol level of 0.093.

This blog earlier reported that La Russa filed a request for a trial by jury.  Rather than appear in court, La Russa filed a plea agreement to the misdemeanor charge of DUI.

In a statement he released through his DUI attorney, La Russa appeared penitent for his actions: “I accept full responsibility for my conduct, and assure everyone that I have learned a very valuable lesson and that this will never occur again.”

As part of the plea agreement, La Russa will be put on probation for six months, pay a fine of $678.50, attend a DUI school and complete 50 hours of community service.

Ironically, La Russa passed the bar exam in Florida after he graduated from law school.  I guess that legal training gave him insight into the plea agreement process, which saved him from six months in jail.



Drunk Ambulance Driver Kills Two

By Mary Ann

While driving a patient to the hospital this fall, a 22-year-old ambulance driver struck another car and killed the two men riding in it, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The driver had apparently been drinking before her shift and was charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, DUI and other traffic crimes.

The patient being transported to the hospital reportedly died later on, though officials maintain that this death was not caused by the crash.