New York Yankees outfielder Mason Williams was arrested on April 25, 2013 and charged with driving under the influence in Tampa, Florida. Williams was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round in 2010. Williams was arrested at the intersection of North Dale Mabry and North B Street and submitted to a breath test once he was taken to the Orient Road jail. Once at the jail Williams blew into the intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine and his breath alcohol level was a .062 and a .067.
Because Williams blew under the legal limit, the State of Florida will not take action to suspend his driver’s license pursuant to Florida’s administrative suspension law. However, Williams will still need to fight the charge in criminal court since the State Attorney in Hillsborough county will be deciding whether to prosecute him for driving under the influence. The Florida DUI jury instruction specifically states that the prosecutor is not entitled to a presumption of impairment when the breath test is below a .08.
If the state attorney decides to move forward, Williams is facing up to 12 months of probation, up to 6 months in the Hillsborough county jail, a 6-12 month driver license revocation, having to complete an approved DUI school and any counseling, 50 hours of community service, a 10 day impound of his vehicle, and some additional financial penalties that are imposed by the court. Any evidence, including a video of his roadside field sobriety tests, could help Mason to possibly convince the state attorney not to file charges against him.
It is unknown what action the Yankees organization may take against him since the case is pending in the courts.