Atlanta Hawks coach arrested on DUI charge
(CNN) — The new head coach of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Georgia State Patrol said.
A state trooper pulled over Michael Budenholzer in Atlanta because the taillights of his car weren’t on, the arrest report says.
The trooper reported that Budenholzer “had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”
Budenholzer declined to take a breath test but consented to field sobriety tests, the trooper reported. Budenholzer was arrested after those tests, the report says.
Budenholzer told the trooper that he had one glass of wine and that he finished drinking 15 minutes before he was pulled over, according to the report.
Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry said Thursday that Budenholzer informed the team of the arrest Wednesday night.
“We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time,” Ferry said.
The police report notes that Budenholzer was polite and had mumbled, slow and slurred speech.
The Hawks hired Budenholzer as head coach in May after he served more than 15 years as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. As a Spurs assistant, he was part of four NBA championship-winning teams.
CNN’s Dan Moriarty, Marlena Baldacci and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.
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