Sacto 9-1-1
October 11, 2010
Kings part-owner George Maloof arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

George Joseph Maloof.JPGBy Tony Bizjak and Kim Minugh

Sacramento Kings part-owner George Maloof told the Bee he drank four beers at a wedding and was pulling into his driveway late Saturday when a police officer arrested him for drunken driving.

"I didn't feel I was intoxicated," Maloof, who runs the Palms Casino Hotel, told the Bee via phone from Las Vegas this morning. His blood alcohol was .086, he said, barely over the limit.

Maloof was stopped by a traffic officer about 11:30 p.m., according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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.

Maloof said he had worked all day at the Palms prior to the wedding, and was texting the hotel when the officer pulled him over.

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."

Maloof called the arrest a "one-time only thing. It won't happen again."

It was the second high-profile driving arrest involving the Sacramento Kings this year. Kings basketball player Tyreke Evans pleaded no contest to reckless driving the evening of May 31 when a CHP plane spied him driving his Mercedes at nearly 130 miles per hour for nine miles on I-80 in northern Sacramento.

Call The Bee's Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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