SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested in downtown Sacramento Wednesday overnight on suspicion of driving under the influence. CHP arrest report
California Highway Patrol Officer Adrian Quintero said an officer saw a 1993 Mercedes on westbound L Street approaching 15th Street with a non-working right tail-light at 12:55 a.m. The officer put on his patrol unit lights. The Mercedes turned left on L Street, left on Capitol Mall and then pulled over.
Quintero said the officer noticed an odor of alcohol and signs the driver, Elie, appeared intoxicated. The officer conducted a breathalizer test on Elie which showed a blood alcohol level of more than .08, the legal limit, Quintero said. Elie, 47, was arrested.
Elie was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail at 2:03 Thursday morning and released after posting bail.
Elie made the following statement in a news release from the Kings:
"I was pulled over last night on my way home for having a broken taillight. I had been out and had a couple of drinks. My blood alcohol level was slightly over the legal limit. I'm very sorry, embarrassed and disappointed for the position in which I put myself and team. Rest assured, it won't happen again as I take full responsibility for my actions."
Kings president of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie said:
"We are very concerned and disappointed in regard to Mario's arrest for DUI. This is an ugly form of history repeating itself. We expect better, knowing at the same time there are limits to how far you can go to protect people from themselves. In spite of all of this, we still respect Mario's right to due process."
Elie joined the Kings staff this year. The DUI accusation is the second involving a member of the franchise in as many months and the fifth since 2006.
In October of that year, then head coach Eric Mussleman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Player Andres Nocioni was stopped in November of 2009. Then, this year: co-owner George Maloof in Las Vegas in October, player Antoine Wright in Rocklin in November and now assistant coach Elie were arrested on suspicion of driving while drunk.