Aug 29 2013, 8:23pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Trooper Jonathon Nelms recalls the incident in a police report which he produced.
"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 requested a breath test and Mr. Budenholzer refused the breath test by giving a verbal 'No.'"
However, the Hawks head coach agreed to a field sobriety test but was placed under arrest shortly after.
Nelms added Budenholzer was "polite" although "his speech patterns were mumbled, slow and slurred," per ESPN. Budenholzer's lawyer, Michael Hawkins, said his client was released from jail on a $1,524 bond and entered an not guilty plea at Atlanta Municipal Court on Thursday.
Budenholzer apologized for the incident.
"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 myself and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges."
"We take this matter seriously and have been in constant communication with Coach Budenholzer throughout this situation. We support him during this legal process and will let that take its course."
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