William Reedy, a Detroit bar owner, who had said he was not behind the wheel of the pickup in the Christmas Day crash that killed former major-league manager Billy Martin, was found guilty yesterday in Port Crane, N.Y., of driving with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit for intoxication. Reedy, 53, was cleared of a lesser charge of driving while impaired. The jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching a verdict.
Reedy, who was fined $350 and whose driving privileges in New York State were revoked for at least six months, was convicted of a charge of driving with 0.10 percent or more blood-alcohol content, a misdemeanor. The charge carries the same penalties in New York as driving while intoxicated, but is lodged against some drivers because intoxication can be more difficult to prove in court, said George Filieau, spokesman for the state Department of Motor Vehicles.