Pruitt arrested on suspicion of DUI

Updated: February 26, 2009, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Boston Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt apologized Thursday after he was stopped on a Hollywood street and arrested for investigation of misdemeanor drunken driving.

Pruitt was pulled over around 3 a.m., hours after playing five minutes in the Celtics' 93-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He failed a field sobriety test, police said.

Gabe Pruitt

Pruitt

He was released at 8:30 a.m. on $5,000 bail, police Officer April Harding said.

Pruitt is from the Los Angeles area and played college basketball for Southern California.

"I sincerely apologize for my actions which have caused unnecessary embarrassment to my family, my team, and the Celtics organization," the 22-year-old Pruitt said in a statement issued by the team. "I used poor judgment and I am really disappointed in myself."

"I made a mistake and I have learned a valuable lesson," he said.

Pruitt was detained for stopping at a green light and because his Mercedes S550 had dark tinted windows that are illegal in California, Harding said.


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