The SACRAMENTO BEE reports Sacramento Kings co-Owner George Maloof was popped for DUI in Vegas on Saturday night in an arrest that provides embarrassment to Maloof for more than just the alcohol-related charge.
Maloof told the Bee he was arrested as he was pulling into his driveway and that he “didn’t feel intoxicated” after drinking four beers at a wedding earlier in the evening. The Bee reports that Maloof indicated his blood alcohol was .086. The legal limit is .080.
If that is indeed the case, sounds like a garden-variety DUI that may get reduced down to a lighter charge. (Maloof told the ASSOCIATED PRESS he plans to fight the charge.) But not surprisingly, Maloof wasn’t anxious to detail what else he was charged with by LVPD.
He was later booked into the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of the following charges, police said: driving under the influence of alcohol; speeding 20 to 21 miles per hour over the posted speed limit; making an illegal turn; driving without a valid license and not having proof of insurance.
He said he was carrying his passport with him for identification, and acknowledged his license had expired.
“I haven’t had time” to renew it, he said. “I’ve been so busy.”
In addition to owning the Kings, Maloof’s family also owns The Palms hotel and casino in Vegas and isn’t exactly shy about living a very public life. If anyone could have a car service at his beck and call, not to mention the ability to fast track a license and insurance in a city, it’s Maloof. (Not that I’m saying the good folks of Clark County would allow such a thing!)
With his family in a seemingly eternal and increasingly futile battle to get an arena in Sacramento built for their Kings, the timing of the DUI arrest couldn’t be worst. To this point the Maloofs have relied on the good will of the people of Sacto to get a building - which has already gotten them nowhere the past decade.
For a guy asking Sacramento taxpayers, in part, to help pony up for a nine figure-funded facility, things might’ve just gone from improbable to impossible.