Mugshots: Kings Assistant Coach Mario Elie Arrested on DUI


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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