Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope arrested for DUI

The Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested for DUI on Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The good news for him is that a his BAC was barely at the legal limit of 0.08.

From the Click on Detroit website:

Detroit Pistons’ star guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Auburn Hills, officials confirmed.

Police said Caldwell-Pope was pulled over around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday on Auburn Road near Squirrel Road after being clocked driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The advanced roadside impairment officer said when he walked up to the car, he smelled alcohol. He put Caldwell-Pope through sobriety tests and placed him under arrest, police said.

Caldwell-Pope was “very cooperative” with the officer, authorities said. He was issued a ticket for DUI after a Breathalyzer test at the police station registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.08.

The incident came hours after the Pistons’ Tuesday night loss to the Miami Heat, which at the time dropped them 2 1/2 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Steve Francis arrested for DUI

From the Washington Post:

Former Maryland and NBA star Steve Francis’s weekend arrest on a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge in Houston could be just the beginning of his legal worries. According to KTRK-TV, authorities in Manatee County, Fla., issued a warrant for Francis’s arrest on a burglary charge after hearing about his Texas DUI.

KTRK reports that Francis posted bond on his drunken-driving charge but is now back in Houston police custody because of the Florida charge, which stems from a June incident outside a restaurant in Bradenton.

TMZ has obtained the police report from the Florida incident, in which Francis allegedly asked a bartender at the Cortez Clam Factory for a flashlight on the evening of June 15. Police say he then ransacked a BMW parked outside the restaurant and took $7,252 worth of jewelry, makeup and cash from the car. Francis also, police say, showed up at the station two days later with a clear plastic bag full of the goods and said: “I just robbed somebody. Take me to jail. I’m turning myself in.” He left the station without being charged.

Francis, 39, was pulled over by police in Houston late Saturday night for going 88 mph in a 65-mph zone. Police say Francis smelled of alcohol, refused a sobriety test and was verbally abusive, drawing a felony retaliation charge for threatening a public servant, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The 2000 rookie of the year and three-time all-star played nine NBA seasons after his one standout year at Maryland, last appearing for the Houston Rockets in 2007-08. He averaged 18.1 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Cleveland Cavalier Shumpert arrested for Marijuana DUI

From TMZ:

Cleveland Cavs star Iman Shumpert was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana back in August … TMZ Sports has learned.

According to the police report, Shumpert was pulled over outside of Atlanta on August 10th around 11:37 PM for a lane change violation and because his taillights weren’t on in his rented Audi A3.

During the stop, the officer says Shumpert reeked of weed — and his eyes were bloodshot.

Shumpert told the cop he had just come from his “homegirl’s house” and was going to pick up his father from the airport.

The cop administered a field sobriety test and determined Shumpert was high. Shumpert also admitted he had smoked weed before leaving his friend’s house.

Cops searched the car and found a mason jar with marijuana.

Cops wanted to perform a blood test on Shumpert but he refused — claiming, “people would recognize him and it would cause a scene.”

Shumpert was handcuffed and arrested for DUI marijuana and possession of weed (less than an ounce). He was also cited for failure to maintain his lane.

The Cavs issued a statement saying they have discussed the situation with Iman and “will monitor the progression of the pending case.”


Tim Hardaway charged with DUI

Various news organizations are reporting that former NBA star (and current Pistons’ assistant coach) Tim Hardaway was arrested last April in Beverly Hills for DUI with a BAC of 0.17.

ClickonDetroit states:

Tim Hardaway, who is entering his third season with the Pistons, is accused of drunken driving after police said his blood alcohol content was twice over the legal limit when an officer pulled him over in Beverly Hills.

The 5-time NBA All-Star was pulled over less than one block from his home and just down the street from the police station. The officer spotted Hardaway’s car along 13 Mile Road and Lasher Road.

Court records show his blood alcohol content was .17…

Court papers reveal officers pulled him over just a few houses from his front door. Beverly Hills police refused to comment about the open case.

It’s unclear where Hardaway was coming from or if anyone else was in the car when he was pulled over. Local 4 asked the Pistons organization when they became aware of the charges, and a spokesperson said, “We’re aware of the situation, but we’re not going to comment any further on it.”

Hardaway is fighting the charges but until then, his driving privileges are limited. Records show he “can travel for business purpose only” and is required to use “Soberlink with testing twice a day,” in which a camera records if he’s sober.

His attorney said since the case is still pending, he would not elaborate, but told Terry, “We are working towards a resolution” to possibly avoid trial.

Atlanta Hawks coach found not guilty of DUI


Almost three years after his arrest for DUI, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was found not guilty this week by a Fulton County jury.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Budenholzer was found not guilty of driving under the influence less safe, a charge that the Hawks head coach faced for 34 months, by a Fulton County State Court jury on Monday.

Budenholzer testified on his own behalf on the final day of the trial that lasted four days. He was found guilty on a charge of defective or no tail lights and was fined $209.75, a total of $150 plus fees. The two charges stemmed from an arrest on Aug. 28, 2013, just months after he was hired by the Hawks…

Former Hawks general manager Danny Ferry testified for the defense on Monday. Ferry had spent much of the afternoon with Budenholzer as the two scouted potential sites for the team’s training camp. Following the day, they joined Ferry’s wife and two friends at Buckhead restaurant Local 3 for dinner. Ferry testified that he and Budenholzer ordered two glasses of wine but neither finished the second serving. Budenholzer repeated told the arresting officer, Trooper J. Nelms, that he only had one glass of wine.

After leaving the restaurant, Ferry dropped Budenholzer off at his car in a nearby parking lot. Budenholzer was pulled over shortly after on his way back to the hotel he lived in early after his hire. He was stopped by Nelms for driving without his lights at 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of 10th Street and Crescent Avenue in Midtown.

The defense argued the lights were turned off by the hotel valet and the Budenholzer had driven in a well-lit parking lot and roads before the stop.

Budenholzer was asked to take several field sobriety tests. Video of the arrest showed that Budenholzer noticeably wobbled during two of the tests. He admitted on the stand that there were “examples of imbalance.” Budenholzer said the reason for his trouble with the tests was nervousness and ankle and foot injuries suffered when he was a basketball player early in his career. The prosecution argued that a former player and head coach of an NBA team should not be adversely affected by such a stressful situation.

The arresting officer testified earlier in the trial that he noted Budenholzer’s eyes were red and glassy. The defense called Budenholzer’s San Antonio-based eye doctor who testified that he has a condition that causes red eyes. Budenholzer admitted he has very rarely use prescribed eye drops for his condition.

Budenholzer declined to take a breathalyzer test on scene and was arrested. Budenholzer asked to call Ferry for counsel before taking the test. He also testified that he was told while living in Texas and working for the Spurs to never take a breathalyzer test.

Budenholzer was able to reach Ferry after several tries following his arrest. Ferry testified he told Budenholzer: “Bud, take the test. You’re not f-ing drunk.”

Budenholzer then when to officers at the jail and requested any test – breath, blood or urine. A test was never administered.

Budenholzer maintain during his testimony that he was not impaired or was his ability to drive negatively affected by the alcohol consumed at dinner.

Also testifying on Monday was now retired Captain K.G. Hinton of the Atlanta Corrections Department. He was the morning watch commander on the day of the arrest. He testified that he did not smell alcohol and that Budenholzer did not appear drunk.

Hinton was to testify on Thursday but failed to appear in court. He was arrested and faces a contempt of court charge from Judge Diane Bessen, who admonished Hinton before he was dismissed.

Following closing arguments the jury received the case at 3:22 p.m. After some deliberation, the jury of four men and two women asked several questions and wanted to see the video of the arrest again. They returned for deliberations at 5 p.m. and sent word they had reached a verdict 20 minutes later.

Budenholzer faced up to a year in jail, as much as a $1,000 fine, a driver’s license suspension and community services for a first-time offense. He also faced a likely suspension from the NBA.

Former Net Jayson Williams arrested for DUI


From NBC Sports.com:

Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (bit.ly/1TG5igD) that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles northwest of New York City.

Police says the 47-year-old Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Williams told deputies he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Officials say Williams had difficulty standing, slurred his speech and failed a field sobriety test.

Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 1999.

Former Chicago Bull Chris Duhon charged with Aggravated DUI


From TMZ:

Ex-Duke basketball star Chris Duhon was arrested for extreme DUI on Monday morning after cops found him passed out in his car with the engine running … TMZ Sports has learned.

Cops responded to a call of a “man down” around 4 AM in Eleanor, West Virginia. Officials say officers found 33-year-old Duhon, who is currently an assistant basketball coach at Marshall, fast asleep in his Ford Escape with the keys still in the ignition.

When they woke him up, cops say they noticed Duhon’s eyes were red and his speech was slurred. He was taken to the Putnam County Court House after failing three field sobriety tests.

This is where it gets crazy … cops say Duhon took a breathalyzer test while getting booked and blew a .202 … more than TWO AND HALF times the legal limit.

Duhon was released on $1,000 bond and has been suspended by the Marshall athletic department for “violating the department’s rules and policies.”

Duhon was a stud at Duke from 2000 to 2004 — winning a national title in 2001 — and later spent 9 seasons in the NBA.