Originally posted by St. Paul Pioneer Press (twincities.com)Timberwolves' Al Jefferson arrested for allegedly driving drunk By Nick Ferraro email@example.com Updated: 02/28/2010 01:18:16 PM CST
Timberwolves basketball player Al Jefferson was arrested early today for allegedly driving drunk, hours after his team's loss to Portland at Target Center.
Jefferson, 25, was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol just outside of downtown Minneapolis and booked into Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree driving while impaired about 2:15 a.m. according to Hennepin County jail records. He was released about an hour later.
A State Trooper clocked Jefferson driving his Range Rover 56 mph in a 40 mph zone near Interstate 394 and Seventh Street, said State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske.
Once on I-394, the trooper saw Jefferson make a lane change without signaling and weave to the left and cross the fog line, Roeske said.
Jefferson was driving alone and pulled over near Penn Avenue in Minneapolis, Roeske said.
The trooper smelled and asked Jefferson to perform roadside field sobriety tests, Roeske said. That led to a preliminary breath test, which Jefferson failed, he said.
Roeske said he would not reveal the result of the preliminary breath test because the case is under investigation.
Jefferson submitted a blood draw at Hennepin County Medical Center, results of which won't be available for several weeks, Roeske said.
Jefferson was released from jail about 3:15 a.m., and a court appearance has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 23.
Roeske said the trooper noted in his report that Jefferson was "very cooperative throughout the process."
Jefferson, a 6-foot, 10-inch center-forward, scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Wolves' 110-91 loss to Portland.
Two game suspension - that's about a week off (next Wolves games are Wednesday and Saturday)...
Originally posted by nba.comKahn Issues Statement on Jefferson Jonah Ballow Wolves Editor/Writer
Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn statement regarding Minnesota Timberwolves center Al Jefferson:
"On behalf of the Timberwolves organization, we are disappointed that Al used poor judgment last night. Thankfully, nobody was injured or hurt."
"Having spoken to Al, I can assure everybody associated with our franchise that Al understands this is a matter of the utmost seriousness. He feels terrible about what occurred and I believe him when he says he will learn from his mistake. Nonetheless, we believe that it is appropriate for Al to be suspended for the next two games without pay."
His timing really couldn't be any worse. ESPN - Anthony arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Of course, it is just suspicion. Still, bringing bad publicity to your club at a time like this helps no one.