DUI charges against O's reliever Williams dropped

Updated: February 6, 2006, 3:27 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Prosecutors dropped drunken driving charges Monday against Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Todd Williams, who was arrested after authorities said he caused a three-car crash in November.

Todd Williams

The 34-year-old Williams, who lives in Land O' Lakes, was driving a car that slammed into the back of two cars that were stopped at a traffic light on a major Tampa thoroughfare. A Breathalyzer test showed Williams had no alcohol in his blood, but he was charged with DUI with property damage after failing a field sobriety test.

Tests showed he had legal prescription drugs in his system, and his lawyer showed he likely failed the field sobriety test because he had injured an ankle in the crash, said Pam Bondi, spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office in Tampa.

"Like we said from the beginning, this was just a traffic accident," said Williams' agent, Tom O'Connell. "The DUI charges were unfounded, and that was proven today."

Williams went 5-5 with a 3.30 ERA and one save last season.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press