Tiger Woods’s agent Steinberg arrested on drunken-driving charges

Tiger Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg was arrested on drunken driving charges late Saturday night in Ardsley, N.Y., according to police.

Steinberg, 44, was stopped by police officers at a sobriety checkpoint on Saw Mill River Road at 10:43 p.m., in Ardsley, a suburb about 15 miles north of New York City. Officers administered a field sobriety check to Steinberg after smelling alcohol, according to Sgt. David Fisher of the Ardsley Police Department.

Police said that Steinberg was cooperative with the officers but had a blood alcohol content of .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit in New York State. Steinberg was charged with DWI, as well as Aggravated DWI for blowing greater than .18 percent on the Breathalyzer test. He was booked and held for a couple of hours until he was released to a third party later that night.  Steinberg lives in nearby Irvington, N.Y.

In an email quoted on Bloomberg.com, Steinberg alluded to medical issues as the cause of the offense, not alcohol.

“It’s a medical issue that I was dealing with,” Steinberg said in the email. “It’s not what you think.”

However, in an interview with Golf.com, Sgt. Fisher said that the arrest was alcohol-related and police were not aware of any medical issues with Steinberg.

“There was no implication of a medical issue -- no indication of that,” Fisher said. “He was administered a Breathalyzer test and failed.”

The DWI and Aggravated DWI charges are both first offenses for Steinberg, and he has no prior history of driving under the influence in New York State, Fisher said.

Steinberg is a partner at Excel Sports Management and has represented Woods since 1998. He also represents PGA Tour players Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland, and recently signed Woods’s niece, golfer Cheyenne Woods.

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