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Yankees prospect Mason Williams charged with DUI

Apr 25, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams was arrested early this morning and charged with a DUI, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger.

Williams was the Yankees’ fourth-round pick in 2010 and has emerged as an excellent prospect, with both Baseball America and MLB.com ranking him among their top 50 overall heading into this season. He’s currently playing at high Single-A as a 21-year-old.

McCullough reports that police stopped Williams for speeding and weaving in traffic, at which point he failed a field sobriety test even though his blood-alcohol level was slightly below the legal limit.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    It’s an epidemic.

  2. spudchukar - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Classical Gas.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Spud, for those who may be unfamiliar:

    • cackalackyank - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      LOL I remember this… When I was a kid it was used on the “Smothers Brothers” Show…

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Mason Williams was a writer on that show. Multitalented guy.

      • dexterismyhero - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Steve Martin played with him also.

  3. pisano - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    With the laws as tight as they are, two beers puts you over the limit. I’m not saying let people drive drunk, but it is a real strict limit.

    • kopy - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      If his BAC was under the illegal limit, and he only failed the field sobriety test, it should be pretty easy for him to get out of the charges.

      • dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        I agree with both of you, Pisano and Kopy. But still, why put yourself in that position.

        Shit, if you’ve had a beer, don’t speed and drive like an asshole…

      • uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        dondada, as you can see from my other comment below I don’t think driving 50-53 MPH in a 40 MPH zone qualifies as you described it. In fact I doubt there is anyone of us who hasn’t gone 10 to 13 miles over a speed limit 10’s of dozens of times. Not to use this to excuse his drinking but lets try a keep it a little in perspective he’s only 21 years old.

      • anxovies - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Correctomundo! A field sobriety test is not a test to see whether or not you are too impaired to drive, as commonly believed, it is a subjective test by the officer to determine your BAC and to provide probable cause to seize your person and bring you in for a breath or blood test. Since his BAC was below the legal limit he was not in violation of the DWI laws.

    • mybrunoblog - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      It’s NOT a strict limit. Most states use a .08% BAC as a measurement of intoxication. Now there are a number of factors as to what gets the average adult to reach .08% so I’ll keep it simple. Most adults would have to consume at least 6 drinks or more in less than 3 hours to get to the .08% level. A .08% is so high that the average person would show all the earmarks of intoxication ie, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, impaired judgement, smell of raw alcohol, etc.

      Sorry i have no pity for someone who drives at an .08….that said even though Williams was UNDER the legal limit a good prosecutor can still sometimes get a DWI conviction. Tough to do but a good police report and roadside video can go a long way.

      • jeffbbf - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        “even though Williams was UNDER the legal limit a good prosecutor can still sometimes get a DWI conviction”

        Only if his lawyer is incompetent. seen it many times. arguments include: “it was 2:45 am and my client was extremely fatigued, which led to his slow/awkward responses during the FST” or “my client had a cold which affected his balance” or “my client was intimidated by the police officer, which led to his stammering and misuse of the language”

        The charges will be dismissed. The bigger problem for him will be trying to explain to his manage and the Yankees why he was still out at 2:45 am.

      • mybrunoblog - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Jeffbbf read the post again. I said “a good prosecutor can still sometimes get A DWI conviction”. Certainly I understand it is difficult to convict when an arrestee comes in under the legal limit but it does sometimes happen. More than you might expect. Here where I hang my hat I’ve seen judges sit in rapt attention watching priceless police video as a drunk weaves in and out of traffic than stumbles out of his vehicle and can’t recite basic sentences all while under the magic “legal limit”……Guilty! You have 30 days to file your appeal counselor.
        Remember. It’s far more than a blood alcohol number it is about impairment and the ability to operate a vehicle safely.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        mybrunoblog, please don’t take this the wrong way. But I’m curious about what you do for a living. You commented and I quote: . Here where I hang my hat I’ve seen judges sit in rapt attention watching priceless police video as a drunk weaves in and out of traffic than stumbles out of his vehicle and can’t recite basic sentences all while under the magic “legal limit”……Guilty!
        That you have the time or quite frankly the inclination to watch what in most cases are probably very mundane trials. Like I said please don’t take that the wrong way.

      • anxovies - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        FYI, here’s the DWI statute in my state:

        It is unlawful for… a person to drive a vehicle in this state if the person has an alcohol concentration of eight one hundredths or more in the person’s blood or breath within three hours of driving the vehicle and the alcohol concentration results from alcohol consumed before or while driving the vehicle.

        If the prosecution can successfully extrapolate (through expert testimony) that you were over .08 when you got into the car the State can sometimes get a conviction in cases where the BAC is borderline.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        anx… The Devil is in the details. Who determines what qualifies as “borderline”?

      • opiedamus - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        @ mybrunoblog: .08% is not so high the average person would show all the earmarks of intoxication. There have been expansive studies done on the effects of alcohol and it is only due to the lobbying weight of MADD that .08 is the current demarcation line. Not getting enough sleep, eating while driving, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on make up or shaving have proven to be far more dangerous than approaching the .08 for drinking.

        In many states they have a “DUI less safe” in order to be able to charge you with a DUI under the .08 line. Stating simply that you were a “less safe” driver. The whole thing is a revenue generator for the gov’t. Like many things that start out with great intentions, the process and measures are now abused as a source of money.

        While you’re on your soapbox, could you solve world hunger & simplify our tax codes too?

  4. uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Just to follow up on the comment my “Kopy” here is a bit more information for RAB’s Mike Axisa

    Mason Williams arrested on misdemeanor DUI charge
    By Mike Axisa
    12:09pm: The police said Williams showed “clues of impairment” and was driving 50-53 mph in a 40 mph zone according to Mark Feinsand.

    12:00pm: Via Greg Auman: Top outfield prospect Mason Williams was arrested in Tampa early Thursday morning on a misdemeanor DUI charge. He was pulled over after weaving and speeding at 2:45am, then he failed a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol level was under the 0.08 threshold in Florida, however

  5. realgone2 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Where’s Craig demanding that he be banned from baseball and sent to the Gulag?

  6. rockthered1286 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Here’s the thing… It doesn’t matter. MLB has made it quite apparent that driver achievement awards will warrant no consequences on the field. This articles only purpose is to say it happened and maybe suggest “man his car insurance will surely jump now.”

  7. sawxalicious - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    A couple of possible factors: the amount of time between the Field Sobriety Testing and the Breathalyzer analysis; it can sometimes be an hour or more, depending onto the paperwork that is required, transportation time to the police station, etc. At the scene, the guy could have provided a portable breath test result at or higher than .08. The breathalyzer at the station is typically the one that counts for court as the “official” result. Another factor: any drugs or medications that might interact with alcohol adversely…those obviously would not show up unless urine blood was taken.

  8. jackflak55 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    if his bac was below the limit……

  9. bigyankeemike - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Word is he blew twice and got .065 and change.

    I had two insanely strong Long Island iced teas and didn’t feel so much as a buzz as I drive through a stop sign and blew a .07.

    Lesson learned for me, and hopefully one for Williams. Take a drink, lose the keys for the night.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Actually it is reported that he blew 2 times. One reading was .067 the other .062

    • cackalackyank - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      “Take a drink, lose the keys for the night”

      I don’t know about the entire night …but certainly for an hour or more per each drink…even longer if you drank on an empty stomach.

  10. jfk69 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    For the clueless armchair lawyers commenting on DUI laws.
    You can’t charge someone for a DWI who has blown under the legal limit on a certified BAC machine. A roadside blow stick test only gives probable cause. However if you refuse the machine test you can be charged with a full blown DWI AND IT IS UP TO YOU to prove your innocence.
    A good lawyer will have Mr. Williams charges reduced at best to RECKLESS DRIVING…At worst..a DUI..which for a first offense is considered a violation.
    I always recommend…NEVER EVER TAKE THE TEST IF YOU HAD BEEN DRINKING. As timing of test,body weight. and what you think you drank can surprise you when the results are displayd. That result is ironclad and leaves no wiggle room. Police officers arrested for DWI rarely will submit to a machine BAC test.
    Mr. Williams is one of the few who actually took the test while claiming he only had three or four beers and was telling the truth. The courts realize that in 99% of the cases when you or your says ,,’This is the first time I ever did this.” Actually means…IT WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE CAUGHT!

  11. opiedamus - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    @ jfk69:

    In Georgia, you can be charged with DUI despite the fact that your BAC was less than .08. If your BAC was less than .08 or you refused the blood, breath, or urine test and the state decides to go forward with the charge of DUI against you, you will be charged under Georgia’s DUI less safe law.

    Also, if you refuse the machine test, it is not “up to you to prove your innocence.” The state must still prove that you were under the influence. It is up to you to show reasonable doubt. And a machine test is not always “ironclad.” There are various factors that can throw out the result.

    Signed,

    a reformed, clueless, archair lawyer commenting on DUI laws.

  12. mazblast - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If The Boss was still alive and this guy was a top prospect, that policeman would be out of a job. Stopping a YANKEE! Blasphemy! Heresy! Apostasy! Unfathomable! Inconceivable!

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