Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer ‘Drunk at Wheel With Drugs in Car’

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New Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was pulled over in Atlanta at around 10:30 p.m. on August 28 when a trooper noticed one of his taillights was out, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After failing several sobriety tests, Budenholzer was taken to a local jail, the coach says he only had one glass of wine.

Here’s what you need to know…

1. Budenholzer’s Audi A8 Reeked of Hooch

The trooper thought the car stank of booze and asked Budenholzer if he had been drinking, the new coach admitted to having one glass of wine prior to driving. Budenholzer refused to take a breathalyzer and was arrested and taken to a local jail. He was arrested at on 10th Street at Crescent Avenue in Midtown Atlanta (above). Budenholzer released a statement through his lawyer saying:

I take my role as a leader very seriously and hold myself to a high standard. I apologize to the fans and to the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon my family and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges.

2. After a Search, the Trooper Reportedly Found Drugs in the Car

According to Fox Atlanta, drugs and “other substances” were found in the car:

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3. Budenholzer Went to Jail ‘Without Incident’

CBS Atlanta have published the full state trooper’s report:

On 8/28/13, I, Trooper ******** #***, observed an Audi A8 silver in color traveling eastbound on 10th Street without any taillights on. I activated my blue lights and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at 10th Street and Crescent Avenue. I approached the driver side of the vehicle and asked for his driver’s license. The driver was identified as Mr. Michael Vincent Budenholzer. I advised him that he was stopped due to him not having his taillights on. As I spoke with him I noticed that he had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. I asked Mr. Budenholzer how much alcohol he had and he advised that he had one glass of wine to drink prior to driving. I asked him to step out of the car to check and make sure he was a safe driver and not impaired.

I asked Mr. Budenholzer if he would take some field sobriety tests and he consented. Mr. Budenholzer took three of the four tests that I requested, refusing the preliminary breath test. I asked Mr. Budenholzer how much wine he had to drink and he advised that he had one glass. I asked him what time he had his first glass and Mr. Budenholzer advised he had his first and only glass around 9:15 or 9:30 p.m. and that he finished drinking about 15 minutes before I stopped him. I placed him under arrest for DUI and read Mr. Budenholzer the implied consent notice suspects age 21 and over. I requested a breath test and Mr. Budenholzer refused the breath test under implied consent by giving a verbal “No.” **** Towing removed the vehicle. I transported Mr. Budenholzer to the Atlanta Pre-trial Jail and turned him over for booking without incident.

He was released after posting a $1,524 bond just before 4 a.m. on August 29.

4. He’s Only Been the Boss at the Hawks Since May

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Assistant coaches PJ Carlisimo, Mario Elie and Mike Budenholzer hold back head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs after a call during Game six of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2004 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 15, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Budenholzer had just been hired as the Hawks head coach in May 2013, replacing Larry Drew. Previously he was the top-assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers. This is from his 2012 profile on the San Antonio Spurs website:

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5. He Contacted the Hawks Management About the Incident ‘Last Night’

The Hawks have released a brief statement on the issue, spokesman Danny Ferry said:

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.

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