Police report: Caldwell-Pope told officer he had two drinks

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Milwaukee — When he was stopped by Auburn Hills police early Wednesday morning, Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said he had had two drinks and water.

He was driving his Jeep Wrangler and at about 2:52 a.m., an officer observed him going 45 mph in a 25 mph zone on Auburn Road near Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills. After the officer pulled the car over, he reported “a strong odor of intoxicants emitted from the interior” and that Caldwell-Pope’s eyes “were very glossy and his breath smelled of intoxicants.”

That was the beginning of an arrest for Caldwell-Pope, 24, on a charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI), according to the police report, obtained by The Detroit News through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The arrest came just hours after the Pistons lost to the Miami Heat on a last-second shot, on Tuesday night at The Palace.

The police report indicates that Caldwell-Pope told officers he had two Hennessy cognac drinks, along with water and the last drink was at 2 a.m., almost an hour before he was stopped. The officer requested that Caldwell-Pope take a field sobriety tests, which included walking and turning, standing on one leg, reciting the alphabet and counting backwards.

The report noted that Caldwell-Pope did not pass all of the tests:

■ He did not walk heel-to-toe on multiple steps walking forward and stopped and restarted during the test.

■ He counted incorrectly while standing on one leg and did not have his foot the required height from the ground.

■ He was instructed to say the alphabet from “B” to “N” and continued past “N,” almost to the end.

■ He was asked to count backwards from 86 to 69 and missed one number, but ended at the correct number.

Caldwell-Pope submitted to a Breathalyzer test at the scene, which yielded a result of 0.098% blood alcohol content (BAC).

The impaired driving law in Michigan allows for a BAC below 0.08; anything at that level or higher is considered drunk.

With those results, Caldwell-Pope was placed under arrest for OWI and handcuffed. He was transported to the Auburn Hills Police Department for processing and his BAC was tested again, at about 4:02 a.m. and a few minutes later. Each of those levels was measured at 0.08.

After being photographed and fingerprinted, Caldwell-Pope had his driver’s license confiscated and he was issued a citation. His hearing date is pending, where a judge will decide what other consequences he may face. He also could face a fine or suspension by the Pistons and the NBA.

Caldwell-Pope played in Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at The Palace and likely will play Friday night at Milwaukee.

Twitter: @detnewsRodBeard