Kings assistant facing DUI charge

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, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence early Thursday morning.

"We are very concerned and disappointed in regard to Mario's arrest for DUI," Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said in a statement released by the team. "This is an ugly form of history repeating itself. We expect better, knowing at the same time there are limits to how far you can go to protect people from themselves. In spite of all of this, we still respect Mario's right to due process."

According to the Sacramento Bee, the 47-year-old Elie was taken into custody at 1:15 a.m. by the California Highway Patrol, booked into the Sacramento County Jail and has been released.

"I was pulled over last night on my way home for having a broken taillight," Elie said in a statement. "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."


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