Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few cited on suspicion of drunken driving

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Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few is facing a DUI charge after he was pulled over Monday in North Idaho, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

Few was stopped around 8 p.m. at North Fourth Street and East Hanley Avenue in Dalton Gardens, according to a police report obtained by The Spokesman-Review through a public records request.

Police wrote that Few was driving erratically and speeding. The vehicle involved, according to the report, was a Cadillac Escalade.

Few exhibited “several signs of intoxication” and refused to complete field sobriety tests, according to police, but provided breath samples that showed his blood alcohol level to be .119 and .120, the report said. The legal limit is .08.

There were no other passengers in the vehicle, police said.

“We are aware of the report that Coach Few was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence,” Gonzaga Director of Athletics Chris Standiford said in a statement. “While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow. As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few’s right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time.”

Few has coached Gonzaga for 22 seasons, developing the men’s basketball program into a national powerhouse, including a run to the NCAA national championship game last spring. With a 630-125 record, Few’s 83.4 winning percentage is No. 1 all-time at the NCAA Division I or equivalent level for coaches with at least 10 years of experience.

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Gonzaga coach Mark Few cited for Driving Under the Influence by Coeur d'Alene Police

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According to a police report KHQ obtained through a Public Records Request, a Coeur d’Alene Police officer initiated the traffic stop in Dalton Gardens around 8pm, at N. 4th Street and E. Hanley Avenue, after someone called in to say they had seen Few  "driving erratic and speeding."

Upon pulling him over, the officer noted in the report that Few "exhibited several signs of intoxication."

The officer says that Few refused to complete a field sobriety test, but provided breath samples that registered 0.119 and 0.120. In Idaho, blood alcohol content must be under 0.08 to operate a motor vehicle legally.

Few was issued a citation for misdemeanor Driving Under The Influence. The officer issued him an E-ticket and he was released. The report does not say how he got home.

Few's driving record, according to Idaho court records, does not show any previous citations for DUI. Outside of two speeding tickets, the only other infraction was failing to obey a traffic control device in 2014.

"We are aware of the report that Coach Few was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence,” said Director of Athletics Chris Standiford. “While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow. As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few’s right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time.”

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Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few facing charge of drunk driving

CBS Sports 07 September, 2021 - 09:10pm

Gonzaga men's basketball coach Mark Few is facing a charge of driving under the influence after being pulled over on Monday evening around 8 p.m., The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday afternoon after obtaining a police report of the incident through an open records request.

Few, 58, was pulled over north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after police received a report that he was driving erratically and speeding. He exhibited "several signs of intoxication" according to the police report and refused field sobriety tests. His breathalyzer samples of .119 and .120 were both over the legal limit of .08 and he was issued a citation by the Coeur d'Alene Police.

Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford issued a statement Tuesday. 

"We are aware of the report that Coach Few was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence," Standiford  said in the statement. "While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow. As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few's right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time."  

Few and Gonzaga went 31-1 last season and marched to the national championship as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Baylor, 86-70, in the title clash. The Bulldogs lost stars Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs from their roster but have the No. 1 team in the CBS Sports early Top 25 (And 1) preseason rankings thanks to the addition of star recruit Chet Holmgren and the return of Drew Timme. 

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Gonzaga's Mark Few Cited With DUI

CalBearsMaven 07 September, 2021 - 04:50pm

Few was pulled over on Monday around 8 p.m. north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in Dalton Gardens, according to a police report obtained by Sports Illustrated. The police pulled him over after receiving a report he was driving erratically and speeding. 

Few exhibited “several signs of intoxication,” and refused to complete field sobriety tests, per the report. He did, however, provide breath samples and had a blood alcohol level of .119 and .120 with the legal limit being .08.

Few has been head coach at Gonzaga since 1999 and has been named AP coach of the year, NABC coach of the year twice and Naismith coach of the year twice. Just last season, the Bulldogs finished 31–1 with their lone loss coming in the national title game against Baylor

Gonzaga coach Mark Few reportedly facing DUI charge after blowing .120

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Few was pulled over in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, after police received a report a vehicle was speeding and driving erratically. A police report states Few showed "several signs of intoxication." Few declined to take part in field sobriety tests, but reportedly blew a .119 and .120 when tested. The legal limit for alcohol is .08.

Few released a statement after news broke of his pending charge, apologizing for his actions and pledging to never allow alcohol to impair his driving again.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few has released a statement. pic.twitter.com/rBMlHbWj0D

— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) September 8, 2021

Few has coached Gonzaga's team for over two decades. He first joined the team as a graduate assistant in 1989. Few served as the team's assistant coach from 1990 for multiple seasons, eventually taking over as the team's head coach in 1999. He's remained in that role for 22 years.

Gonzaga has made two Final Four appearances under Few. He won the AP Coach of the Year award in 2017 after going 37-2.

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Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few cited on suspicion of drunken driving

ESPN 07 September, 2021 - 12:28pm

Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few is facing a DUI charge after he was pulled over Monday in North Idaho, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

Few was stopped around 8 p.m. at North Fourth Street and East Hanley Avenue in Dalton Gardens, according to a police report obtained by The Spokesman-Review through a public records request.

Police wrote that Few was driving erratically and speeding. The vehicle involved, according to the report, was a Cadillac Escalade.

Few exhibited “several signs of intoxication” and refused to complete field sobriety tests, according to police, but provided breath samples that showed his blood alcohol level to be .119 and .120, the report said. The legal limit is .08.

There were no other passengers in the vehicle, police said.

“We are aware of the report that Coach Few was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence,” Gonzaga Director of Athletics Chris Standiford said in a statement. “While the facts of the situation are still being evaluated, we understand its severity and the legal process that will follow. As a Gonzaga employee, we respect Coach Few’s right to privacy and will refrain from further comment at this time.”

Few has coached Gonzaga for 22 seasons, developing the men’s basketball program into a national powerhouse, including a run to the NCAA national championship game last spring. With a 630-125 record, Few’s 83.4 winning percentage is No. 1 all-time at the NCAA Division I or equivalent level for coaches with at least 10 years of experience.

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