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Friday, February 16, 2007

Swindal Races to Jail

- Steve Swindal was doing some racing of his own Thursday morning, but not the kind that will help his Excelsior Racing's bid for control of the New York tracks. He was driving 61 MPH in a 35 MPH zone at 2:12 A.M. in St. Petersburg, FL, and had the good sense and timing to cut off a cop car. He refused a Breathalzyer and failed a sobriety test, and was taken to jail. Swindal was booked at 4:26 a.m., was released at 9:53 a.m. on $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 13. [Newsday]

Yankees spokesperson Howard Rubinstein issued a statement which said that "Mr. Swindal apologizes profusely for this distraction during the Yankees' spring training." But he didn't elaborate on exactly what a 52 year old man was doing speeding around drunk (or under the influence of whatever) at 2 in the morning. Swindal did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone. [AP] Gee, that's a surprise!

3 Comments:

Green Mtn Punter said...

Did the cops also take a DNA sample to see if he is the father of Anna Nicole's kid? Gotcha! At the same time, I would hate to see this incident be cause for having Excelsior's bid called into question. Shouldn't we expect Howard Wolfson to crank up Hillary's vaunted damage control machine and swing into action before Empire starts singing the "Gotcha!" tune?

alan said...

Nice one re: the DNA. This is embarrassing to be sure, and who knows how the Boss will react, but I can't really imagine that it would have any material effect on the franchise bid, unless there's something more sinister involved, like drugs. Isn't DUI different from DWI?

Besides- and I'm just speculating here - it seems to me that there are indeed negotiations going on behind the scenes. What ever happened to those early February court dates in bankruptcy court?

Green Mtn Punter said...

My understanding is that DUI is a lower BAC(blood alcohol count) than DWI, and thus the penalties are generally less severe. Hey, we're looking to cop a plea, here, that's all. I agree that the delays in the NYRA court dates seem to indicate that negotiations are indeed going on behind the scenes. I take the Gov's denials as maintaining their negotiating stance until some kind of deal is cut, presumably prior to the rescheduled court date on March 14?