- Associated Press - Monday, October 11, 2010

LAS VEGAS | The owner of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, whose family owns the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, said he spent Saturday night in jail after being arrested near his home on suspicion of drunken driving.

George Maloof Jr. was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Spanish Trail Country Club, where he lives, police said Monday.

Maloof, 46, told The Associated Press he was driving home with his assistant from a friend’s wedding at The Mirage hotel-casino about six miles away.

Maloof said the assistant asked him to drive.

“I just didn’t think I needed her to drive — I should have had her drive — because I didn’t drink that much,” said Maloof.

He said he thought he was “nowhere near intoxicated” and would likely fight the arrest in court.

Maloof said he had four beers and his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.086 percent. That’s just over the legal limit in Nevada of 0.08 percent. He said he asked if he could go home but was told he would be arrested.

Police searched his car and his assistant’s purse but found nothing else out of the ordinary, Maloof said.

Police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said Maloof was speeding 21 to 30 mph over the limit, made an illegal left turn and was driving without a valid license or proof of insurance.

Maloof said he didn’t post bail and didn’t want to call anyone, and was released from jail Sunday morning.

Maloof said later in a statement issued by the Palms that he takes full responsibility for his actions.

“I can assure you, it won’t happen again,” he said.


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