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Hawks coach in drunk driving raps

ATLANTA, Georgia (AFP) – Atlanta Hawks new head coach Mike Budenholzer vowed to fight drink-driving charges on Thursday after being arrested for driving under the influence.

Budenholzer was arrested and charged with DUI late Wednesday and released on $1,524 bond, an Atlanta City Jail spokeswoman said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled Budenholzer over because the tail lights on his vehicle weren’t working.

According to the newspaper he failed a field sobriety test.

However the Hawks coach came out fighting on Thursday, pleading not guilty before pledging to contest the charges.

`’I take my role as a leader very seriously and hold myself to a high standard. I apologize to the fans and to the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon my family and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges,” Budenholzer said in a statement cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Hawks meanwhile said they assessing information about the incident.

`’Bud made us aware of the situation last night,” Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement.’

Budenholzer’s lawyer, Michael Hawkins, released a statement saying his client was arrested after he asked to consult with an attorney before submitting to a breathalyzer test when he had been stopped `’solely for an equipment violation.”