Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Case # 08HM01446
February 27, 2008
Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
CARDINAL BASEBALL PLAYER CHARGED WITH HIT-AND-RUN CRASH AFTER DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND ATTACKING FRIEND
NEWPORT BEACH – A former Angels baseball player was charged yesterday with hit-and-run and driving under the influence of alcohol after a night of drinking in Newport Beach. Scott Spiezio, 35, Irvine, is charged with misdemeanors for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more, hit and run with property damage, aggravated assault, battery, and assault. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail. A $10,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.
At approximately 12:20 a.m. on December 30, 2007, Spiezio is accused of leaving a bar in Newport Beach after spending the evening drinking several vodka drinks. He is accused of getting into his 2004 BMW and attempting to drive home while under the influence of alcohol. Spiezio is accused of speeding, cutting across several lanes, crossing through the oncoming traffic lanes, driving over a curb, and crashing into a fence. The crash knocked down a fence pole and blew out the front two tires of the car. Spiezio is accused of getting out of the car and fleeing the scene on foot.
The defendant is accused of running to his Irvine condominium complex and going to a friend’s condo, who lived in the same complex. While his friend attempted to clean up the defendant, Spiezio is accused of vomiting in his friend’s room. When the friend made a comment about the vomit, Spiezio is accused of becoming angry and attacking his friend, punching him repeatedly and throwing him against a wall.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods is prosecuting this case.