Gonzaga men’s basketball head coach Mark Few was cited for driving under the influence Monday night after being arrested just north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The report of the case filed by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department states that Few “was called in as driving erratic and speeding,” by Kootenai County fire engine captain Seth Hohenstreet who tailed Few after he saw him swerving and thought Few was going to a traffic sign three times.
“I believe as a leader and role model, I am expected to set only the best example,” Few said in a statement. “The decisions I made [Monday] do not exemplify this standard and for that, I sincerely apologize to you all. I recognize that operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol exhibits poor judgment.”
“Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I will never allow such a lapse in judgment to occur again,” Few continued. “Please know that I am committed to learning from this mistake and will work to earn back your trust in me.
Few was pulled over in the Dalton Gardens area between North Fourth Street and East Hanley Avenue just before 9 p.m., per the Coeur d’Alene Press which obtained access to the report through a public records request. The officer who pulled him over mentioned the smell of alcohol and that Few had a difficult time following instructions and finishing sentences.
Few told officials at the scene that he was on his way back to Spokane from Hayden Lake, and initially told them he hadn’t had anything to drink that night, although he later said that he had a few beers.
“I deeply regret disappointing any of the members of the community, the young men and women who comprise my campus community, and the University as a whole,” Few said in his statement. “In particular, I am sorry for the hurt that I have caused to those most important to me - my family, my players, and my program.”
Few initially didn’t comply with the officer’s requests for him to exit the vehicle, but eventually did, though he had to lean on his SUV to get out. Few then cited his ankle and knee injuries as the reasons why
he couldn’t comply with sobriety tests according to the report.
At that point, the officer at the scene determined that Few was inebriated. The officer placed Few under arrest and placed him in a police car where he gave Few blood tests, indicating his BAC to be .119/.120. The legal limit while driving is .08%.
Few then asked for his blood to be drawn independently, so the officer brought him to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.
“While at the hospital, I was directed by my supervisors to release [Few] from custody and issue a citation,” officer Matthew Lovingier said in the report according to the Spokesman Review. “I took Mark out of handcuffs and issued him a citation for driving under the influence.”
Few was the Naismith Coach of the Year at the end of last season after guiding the Zags to the national championship game and finishing with a program best .969 winning percentage. He holds a 630-125 record through his 22 seasons at GU and was given the Sporting News Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year Award in 2017.
“We are aware of the report that Coach Few was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence,” Director of Athletics Chris Standiford said after the initial report of Few’s citation became public Monday. “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.”
Article Updated at 9:09 on Sept. 8