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Los Angeles Lakers Owner Arrested for DUI

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was arrested in Carlsbad, Calif. early on the morning of May 29 for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Buss Failed Sobriety Test

Buss was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. after he drove his gold Mercedes-Benz station wagon the wrong way on a street marked with double yellow lines, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Tom Kerns said. He was taken into custody after failing a sobriety test.

Officers followed Buss, who had his high beams on while driving southbound on Carlsbad Boulevard, near the downtown area. Officers were traveling northbound and observed Buss taking a wide turn and crossing over double yellow lines.

According to the police report, "Mr. Buss didn't react right away,” but them moved his vehicle over to the curb. "He was cooperative," said Kerns. "It was an uneventful DUI arrest."

Buss: "It's a Mistake I Won't Make Again"

Buss said, "Although I was driving only a short distance, it was a bad decision and I was wrong to do it," the 74-year-old said. "It was a mistake I will not make again."

A 23-year-old woman, Jeannana M. Flores of New York, was in the vehicle with Buss but was not arrested.

The officer said Buss was "relatively cooperative" when placed under arrest. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility near Oceanside jail for investigation of drunken driving and driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or above. Buss resides in Carlsbad.

Buss was released from custody 10 hours later, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Web site. Kerns said the final results of Buss' BAC test won't be available for three weeks.

Link: latimes/com/sports
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