08/29/2013 10:39 am ET

Mike Budenholzer Arrested For DUI 3 Months After Taking Atlanta Hawks' Head Coaching Job


Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with driving under the influence, as first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to the Georgia State Patrol incident report obtained by the AJC, Budenholzer was pulled over at about 10:30 p.m. ET for driving without his tail lights on. The officer requested a breathalyzer after smelling alcohol, but Budenholzer reportedly refused. He was arrested after a field sobriety test.

Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta tweeted the Hawks' statement on Budenholzer's arrest and his mugshot.

"Bud made us aware of the situation last night. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

After spending 17 seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Budenholzer was hired by the Atlanta Hawks as their next head coach back in May 2013.

More from the Associated Press:

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Atlanta City Jail spokeswoman Ashanti Moore said Thursday that Budenholzer had been released on bond.

According to the incident report obtained from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. According to the report, Trooper J. Nelms said Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes "and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath."

According to the report, Budenholzer refused a breath test but agreed to a field sobriety test. He told Nelms he had one glass of wine.

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry says in a statement that he is aware of the arrest and is gathering more information.


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