Al Gossett, the owner of Gossett Motors and minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI after he left a party after Friday night's Grizzlies' home game win over the Houston Rockets, a Shelby County Sheriff affidavit said.
Gossett and a female passenger were pulled over in his Porsche 911 by a sheriff's deputy patrol just before 4 a.m. on eastbound Trinity Road and North Germantown Parkway. The patrol noticed the Porsche 911 had an expired dealer tag.
While questioning the motorist, who was later identified as the 59-year-old car dealership owner, deputies could smell alcohol on Gossett's breath.
Gossett, of Cordova, admitted to the deputies that he was returning from a party with his female companion after the Grizzlies' home game and that he had two beers. The female passenger told one of the deputies that Gossett didn't have anything to drink, which then the deputy replied that Gossett did admit to having a couple of drinks.
Gossett appeared to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and slow reactions when he was asked and consented to performing a field sobriety test, the affidavit said. Gossett refused to blow for a blood alcohol content test.
He was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and for expired dealer tags and was booked into the Shelby County jail. After being processed by the jail, Gossett posted bail Saturday afternoon at around 4 p.m., Sheriff spokesman Chip Washington said.
An appearance in Shelby County General Sessions Court is pending.
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