Pirates President Coonelly Apologizes for Drunk Driving Arrest

Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly apologized after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in suburban Pittsburgh, describing his actions as “irresponsible and wrong.”

Coonelly, 51, was arrested Dec. 22 and charged with one count each of drunken driving, driving the wrong way, careless driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level at least twice the state’s legal limit of .08 by police in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reported.

“There is no excuse for ever driving under the influence of alcohol,” Coonelly said in a statement released yesterday after a meeting with owner Bob Nutting at the team’s training complex. “My conduct that night was uncharacteristic to my personally held values.”

Nutting said Coonelly “clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decisions, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistakes have caused the organization.”

Coonelly joined the Pirates on Sept. 13, 2007, from Major League Baseball where he was senior vice president and general counsel.

He will be arraigned March 20 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

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