Court documents: Mark Few initially arrested for drunk driving, then released with citation

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Recently filed court documents show that Gonzaga’s basketball coach Mark Few was initially arrested for drunk driving but was later released with a citation.

Few were arrested by Coeur d’Alene police on Labor Day.

A probable cause affidavit shows a local firefighter called the police when he saw an SUV driving erratically and accelerating. Few people were going at 35 in a 25 mph zone.

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The firefighter, who was in a fire engine, followed the SUV near Coeur d’Alene High School until police could get there.

The responding officer arrested Few, who reportedly smelled alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.

“Mark moved slowly and seemed to have trouble finding his papers in the center console and glove box,” the affidavit reads. “When talking to Mark, he would sometimes start a sentence and stop without finishing what he was saying. I often had to repeat the questions.

The affidavit states that Few told police he spent Labor Day with his family and was driving from his vacation home in Hayden to his home in Spokane. Police said he found it difficult to follow instructions and had to lean against his car for support as he stood.

When asked to take a field field sobriety test, Few refused and “started talking” with the police about whether they were subjective or not. According to the affidavit, Few admitted to drinking two beers that day and said his last drink was consumed four hours before the shutdown.

Few were arrested and placed in the back of the officer’s patrol car. The officer took him to Kootenai Health for a blood test while a friend collected his car and dogs.

According to the affidavit, the supervisors subsequently asked the respondent officer to release Few and issue him a summons.

Court documents show Few’s driver’s license was suspended on Wednesday. He also waived his arraignment, pleaded not guilty and requested a preliminary hearing date.

Few issued a statement on the situation earlier this week. He apologized and said he recognized that driving a motor vehicle after consuming an amount of alcohol shows poor judgment.

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Kevin A. Perras

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