2 Duke basketball players face charges related to DWI
Hillsboro, North Carolina Two Duke basketball players — grandson of coach Mike Krzyowski and one of the top prospects in the NBA — were arrested over the weekend on charges of impaired driving, according to court records.
Michael Savarino, Krzyzewski’s grandson, was stopped for violating a stop sign in rural Orange County after 1 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. said. Chris Knox, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The 20-year-old was driving the white jeep of teammate Paolo Panchero, and admitted he took “several shots,” according to court records.
A test showed that Savarino had a blood alcohol content of 0.08, the level at which a driver is considered impaired, and he has been accused of driving while disabled and driving after under the age of 21, according to records. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on December 9, and his license was temporarily revoked.
Banchero, who was riding in the back seat, was charged with aiding and abetting impaired driving and was released. He has a December 8 court date.
The 19-year-old freshman was one of the most wanted recruits of last year and is expected to be picked early in the NBA draft next spring. A DWI assistance and instigation fee can be brought when a person intentionally delivers a vehicle to a disabled person or fails to prevent a weakened person from getting behind the wheel.
The players’ status for Tuesday night’s game against Gardner-Webb wasn’t immediately clear. In a statement, which did not provide additional details, Krzyzewski said the team is reviewing a legal issue involving players and the university will determine any further action.
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