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Mugshots: Kings Assistant Coach Mario Elie Arrested on DUI

by Robert Littal | Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010
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What is going on in Sacramento?

Owners, players and assistant coaches are all getting liquored up and getting hit with either DUI or playing Speed Racer. I will give Elie this—at least he manned up and told the truth about what happened:

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 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.”

I can respect that answer and hopefully it won’t happen again even though from the “happy” mugshot pic I would say he had a little more than just a “couple” of drinks.

If you don’t remember Elie, he was an excellent role player most notably with the Rockets and Spurs in the 90’s— he had a god awful looking jump shot, but it was effective just ask Charles Barkley.

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