Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested Wednesday night after being pulled over on suspicion of DUI.
Budenholzer was released in the early Thursday morning hours after posting a $1,524.50 bond.
According to an official police report from the Georgia State Patrol, the Hawks coach was pulled over at approximately 10:30 pm. An officer pulled over the coach after his taillights stopped working.
Trooper J. Nelms says Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes “and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”
The coach refused a breathalyzer test but agreed to take a field sobriety test. After failing the test, Budenholzer told the arresting officer that he had one glass of wine which he finished 15 minutes prior to the field sobriety test.
The officer called the Hawks coach “polite” with “mumbled” speech patterns that were slurred and slow.
After being arrested, Budenholzer immediately contacted general manager Danny Ferry to report the incident.
In a statement released by the Hawks, the GM writes:
“Bud made us aware of the situation last night.”
Ferry says team officials will offer a further statement once they have acquired all relevant information.
After a long 19 year stint as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Budenholzer moved over as the head coach of the Hawks on May 29.
Before the move, Mike Budenholzer served as the top assistant to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. He was hired to replace Larry Drew who moved over to the Bucks organization.
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