Steinbrenner's son-in-law arrested by Florida police

Updated: February 16, 2007, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- George Steinbrenner's son-in-law and designated successor to run the New York Yankees was scheduled to appear in court March 15 to face charges of driving under the influence.

Yankees general partner Steve Swindal was arrested by St. Petersburg police at 4:26 a.m. Thursday, according to the charge report. He was booked for a misdemeanor and released from jail after posting $250 bond.

"That's too bad. I have no other comment other than to say it's unfortunate," Yankees manager Joe Torre said Friday.

Torre said the arrest wouldn't have much effect on his job of preparing the team.

"My concern are the players. That's what I'm in charge of," Torre said.

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."

The 52-year-old Swindal, who lives in Tampa, is married to Steinbrenner's daughter, Jennifer, and has taken an increasingly active role in running the Yankees. In June 2005, Steinbrenner said Swindal would eventually succeed him.

Swindal did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone.

Swindal also is part of a group bidding to become the next operator of New York's three major thoroughbred racetracks -- Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press