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Yankees prospect Mason Williams charged with DUI

Yankees' prospect Mason Williams practices before the official

Yankees' prospect Mason Williams practices before the official start of spring training. (Feb. 16, 2012) Credit: AP

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mason Williams, considered by many to be the top prospect in the Yankees' organization, was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with misdemeanor DUI, according to the Tampa police.

Williams, an outfielder for the Yankees' Class A Tampa affiliate, was pulled over at 2:45 a.m., according to the arrest report. Police observed his 2012 Range Rover "weaving in the lane at [approximately] 50-53 mph in a posted 40-mph zone."

The arresting officer said the 21-year-old "displayed clues of impairment." A field sobriety test was performed and Williams displayed "additional clues of impairment and the defendant was arrested."

At Central Booking, Williams submitted to a Breathalyzer test and twice blew below Florida's legal limit of .08, blowing a .067 and .062, police said. He was booked at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office "without incident."

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested for DUI last August in Tampa, eventually pleading no contest.

Reached Thursday morning, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined to comment on Williams' arrest.

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