The Atlanta Hawks new head coach Mike Budenholzer has been charged with a DUI while out Wednesday night as he was pulled over for driving without tail lights. After being pulled over, the police officer stated that Coach Bud's eyes were bloodshot and that he smelled like alcohol. After refusing the breath test, the officer conducted a series of field tests before making the arrest. Mike Budenholzer insisted to the officer that he had only one glass of wine 15 minutes before he was pulled over.
After being arrested and consulting with his attorney, Budenholzer elected to take both a breathalyzer test as well as a blood alcohol test. When his request for testing was refused, Budenholzer (out on bond) went to Piedmont Hospital and had his blood tested. The hospital report states that Coach Bud's blood alcohol concentration was a .01, which is below the legal limit of .08, but it had been hours since his arrest.
Hawks' GM Danny Ferry has expressed his knowledge of the situation, he also stated that he was behind Coach Bud and will allow the legal process to take its course before moving forward. Coach Budenholzer later issued a statement and was quoted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as 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."
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