May 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer takes questions from the media after being introduced during a press conference at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Georgia State Patrol officers arrested Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer Wednesday night, and the first-year coach was charged with driving under the influence and a tail light violation.
According to the written police report, Budenholzer said he had only one glass of wine after being pulled over in his Audi A8 at 10:30 p.m. without the vehicle's headlights or tail lights on.
Trooper Johnathon Nelms said Budenholzer failed a field sobriety test, had bloodshot and watery eyes and "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" was coming from him breath.
According to WSB-TV, Budenholzer's attorney, Michael Hawkins, issued a statement Thursday morning. He said Budenholzer was arrested immediately after asking to consult with an attorney before submitting to a breathalyzer test.
Hawkins said Budenholzer volunteered to take a breathalyzer and a blood test after he consulted with an attorney by phone at the jail, but he was refused.
"Immediately upon his release on bond, Coach Budenholzer went directly to Piedmont Hospital where his blood was tested at the earliest opportunity, albeit several hours after his arrest," Hawkins said. "The official report from the hospital blood test revealed that his blood alcohol concentration was less than .01, well below the legal limit of .08."
Budenholzer said in the statement released by Hawkins: “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.”
General manager Danny Ferry and the Hawks also released a statement Thursday.
"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," said Ferry, who worked with the San Antonio Spurs in a front-office capacity after playing for the franchise during Budenholzer's time on the bench as an assistant.
Budenholzer, 44, was hired to replace Larry Drew as head coach of the Hawks after 19 seasons as an assistant coach with the Spurs.