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February 15, 2007

Steve Swindal Arrested For DUI

From Newsday -

George Steinbrenner's son-in-law and designated successor to run the New York Yankees was arrested early Thursday on a charge of driving under the influence.

Yankees general partner Steve Swindal was arrested by the St. Petersburg Police at 4:26 a.m., according to a copy of the charge report posted on the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office's Web site. He was booked for a misdemeanor and released from jail in Largo at 9:53 a.m. on $250 bond.

A member of the police department's DUI squad pulled Swindal over at 2:12 a.m. after he cut the officer's cruiser off in traffic, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said.

"She had to brake and take evasive action to avoid hitting him," Proffitt said.

Swindal was weaving and driving 61 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled over, Proffitt said. He refused to take a breathalyzer test and failed a field sobriety test, but was cooperative, Proffitt said.

"Mr. Swindal apologizes profusely for this distraction during the Yankees' spring training, and no further comment will be made until this is resolved," said Steinbrenner's spokesman, Howard Rubenstein.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called the arrest "a matter for Mr. Swindal, the Steinbrenner family and the local authorities in Florida."

"Given the circumstances, I will continue to monitor the situation and will review the ultimate disposition," Selig said in a statement. "Until that time I will have no further comment."

Bad news for Stein's daughter - Lindsay Lohan and Steve Swindal deserve each other. One's a born drunk, the other's convicted.

It just seems like that "One's born, the other's convicted" line pops up for Family Stein once every 30 years or so, huh?

Seriously, DUI is a terrible, terrible, crime. It's inexcusable. If Swindal is found or pleads guilty, baseball must do something here to set an example.

If Marge Schott can get fined, suspended for one-year, and be required to attend sensitivity training for making bigoted remarks, then I see no reason why Swindal can't be fined, required to seek counseling, and suspended for some period of time.

Sign me up as one of those people who consider DUI as attempted vehicular manslaughter. I hope that Bud Selig does not turn a blind eye to this matter.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 15, 2007 08:01 PM

Comments

Maybe he got stopped pushing his scooter home while listening to Billy Ocean after two appletinis. OK, I watch too much Scrubs. :-)

Posted by: Mr. Furious [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 11:19 PM

"Seriously, DUI is a terrible, terrible, crime. It's inexcusable."

Are you kidding me Steve? I work for a certain jx DA's office in SoCal, and while it's irresponsible and negligent, it is not a "terrible, terrible, crime". It is a mistake many people make and while it is not excusable, your holier than thou statement makes you come off like an...never mind. Until you know what Swindal blew, or what his BAC was, don't spout off. My good buddy received an DUI after we got back from Iraq, and it turned out that he blew a .06 and beat his charge. Wait to you get all the details Mr. Lombardi.

Posted by: bloodyank78 [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2007 02:39 AM

Bottom line; if Swindal is above a .10 than I second your position. But wait until you know where he is at.

Posted by: bloodyank78 [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2007 02:50 AM

~~~Wait to you get all the details Mr. Lombardi.~~~

Did I not include them? Did you skip this part:

~~~A member of the police department's DUI squad pulled Swindal over at 2:12 a.m. after he cut the officer's cruiser off in traffic, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said. "She had to brake and take evasive action to avoid hitting him," Proffitt said. Swindal was weaving and driving 61 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled over, Proffitt said.~~~

Doing 60 in a 35, weaving, and cutting off a cop is not a situation where a guy has two beers and then just gets himself in a bad spot.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2007 09:17 AM