Yankees' Williams arrested for DUI

Prospect fails field sobriety test, charged with misdemeanor

Mason Williams is 21 years old and a native of Winter Garden, Fla. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Brendon Desrochers / MLB.com | April 25, 2013 10:19 AM ET

The No. 2 prospect in the Yankees organization, center fielder Mason Williams, was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, according to multiple news outlets.

The New York Daily News and MLB.com have both reported the arrest, which occurred in Tampa and stemmed from Williams driving about 10 mph above the speed limit and "weaving in the lane" at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday morning. Williams plays for the Class A Advanced Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.

Williams failed the field sobriety test administered after he was pulled over. He did, however, pass two breathalizer tests, according to a Tampa Police spokeman. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Florida is .08, and neither of Williams' tests reached .07.

Brian Cashman confirmed to the Daily News that Williams had been arrested but had no further comment. According to the Daily News, driving under the influence in Florida is a second-degree misdemeanor, and Williams could potentially face jail time if found guilty.

In 18 games for the Tampa Yankees, Williams is batting .271 with a .400 on-base percentage. He is tied for second in the FSL with 15 walks and is ranked as the No. 41 prospect in baseball by MLB.com.

Brendon Desrochers is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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