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Posted: 9:12 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Budenholzer case moved to Fulton Co. State Court

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Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer talks to reporters following NBA basketball training camp in Athens. “I think our strength is our basketball I.Q. The players that are returning, I feel like we have a group that really knows how to play basketball, who are competitors and high-basketball I.Q. type guys," says the new Hawks coach.

By Chris Vivlamore

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The DUI case against Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was bound over to the Fulton County State Court at the request of the City of Atlanta’s Solicitor’s office. A future court date will be set at a later time.

The motion to have the case moved was filed before Judge Christopher E. Ward in Atlanta Municipal Court Thursday. Budenholzer was not required, nor did he attend, the initial hearing in the case.

Budenholzer’s attorney Michael Hawkins appeared at the hearing. According to Hawkins, the defense requested police reports and video from Budenholzer’s arrest and the prosecution made its request for a change of venue.

Budenholzer was arrested Aug. 28 while driving on 10th Street at Crescent Avenue in Midtown. After being stopped by the DUI task force known as the Nighthawks, Budenholzer was given several field sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with DUI and a tail light violation and was released on $1,524 bond. Budenholzer pleaded not guilty to both charges and is disputing several conditions of his arrest.

Budenholzer faces up to a year in jail, as much as a $1,000 fine, a driver’s license suspension and community services for a first-time offense. Budenholzer would also face a suspension from the NBA, likely two games. Nets coach Jason Kidd was suspended by the league for the team’s first two regular-season games after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired earlier this month. Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks was also suspended two games for pleading nolo contendere to DUI this week.

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