L.A. Lakers owner arrested for drunk-driving

LOS ANGELES Wed May 30, 2007 1:15am EDT

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss arrives for the second annual Las Vegas Casino Night to benefit the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation in Santa Monica, California in this April 14, 2005 file photo. Buss was arrested near San Diego on Tuesday on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss arrives for the second annual Las Vegas Casino Night to benefit the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation in Santa Monica, California in this April 14, 2005 file photo. Buss was arrested near San Diego on Tuesday on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team was arrested near San Diego on Tuesday on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said.

Jerry Buss, 74, was stopped just after midnight after two California Highway Patrol officers saw him driving his Mercedes-Benz on the wrong side of the road in the coastal community of Carlsbad.

After failing a field sobriety test, Buss was taken into custody, given a blood test and booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08.

"Although I was driving only a short distance, it was a bad decision and I was wrong to do it," Buss said in a statement. "It was a mistake I will not make again."

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