Steinberg, 44, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI because he had a blood-alcohol content higher than .18, more than twice the legal limit of .08 in New York state, the Ardsley, New York, police department said in a news release yesterday.
Steinberg, who has represented Woods since 1999, was one of 11 people arrested June 2 by police from Westchester County, Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley at a sobriety checkpoint off of the New York State Thruway, Sergeant Dave Fisher of the Ardsley Police Department said.
After smelling alcohol coming from Steinberg’s car, he was issued a field sobriety test, which he failed, Fisher said. Steinberg was then arrested and was charged at 10:43 p.m. New York time, the release said.
“He did inform us who he was,” Fisher said in a telephone interview. “It is what it is. He was intoxicated.”
Steinberg, in an e-mail, said “it’s a medical issue that I was dealing with. It’s not what you think.”
Steinberg gave police no indication of a medical issue, Fisher said.
“It was alcohol related,” Fisher said. “He submitted to a chemical test to determine alcohol-blood content and he failed that test.”
Steinberg was released without bail after a couple of hours, Fisher said.
Steinberg left New York-based IMG Worldwide in May 2011 and joined Excel Sports Management two months later, where he is a partner. The New York-based company also represents Woods’s niece, Cheyenne Woods, and U.S. PGA Tour players Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland.
Tiger Woods, who won the Memorial Tournament by two shots yesterday, said he was aware of the incident involving Steinberg and wouldn’t comment. With the victory, Woods tied event host Jack Nicklaus for the second-most wins on the U.S. PGA Tour with 73, nine fewer than Sam Snead.
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