ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former New York Yankees executive
Steve Swindal pleaded no contest Thursday to driving under the
influence of alcohol. He agreed to a suspended driver's license for
six months and one year of probation.
The 52-year-old Swindal once was designated as George
Steinbrenner's successor to head of the Yankees. The team bought
him out after one of the owner's daughters filed for divorce from
Swindal was arrested by St. Petersburg police on Feb. 15 and
charged with the misdemeanor. He was out of town and did not appear
in court for the plea.
Swindal has to attend DUI school and pay a total of $720.50 in
fines and costs. He must do 50 hours of community service, which he
can buy out of at $10 per hour.
"We went ahead and resolved it the best way we could for the
client," said Swindal's attorney, Kym B. Rivellini.
Rivellini said defendants are not required to appear in court
for the resolution of their first DUI offense if they don't live in
the area or are traveling.
Police said Swindal, who has a residence in the Tampa area, was
weaving and driving 61 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled
over. Jennifer Steinbrenner filed for divorce from Swindal in
Swindal was a Yankees general partner and chairman of Yankee
Global Enterprises LLC, the holding company for the team and its
stake in the YES Network.
Hal Steinbrenner, one of the owner's sons, succeeded Swindal as
chairman on Yankee Global Enterprises, a sign of his increased
influence in the team's operations. Hal Steinbrenner also is a
director of YES and chief executive officer of Steinbrenner Hotel