WKU assistant Hansbrough charged with DUI

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Western Kentucky assistant men's basketball coach Ben Hansbrough was arrested Saturday and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Hansbrough, 29, was taken in at the Warren County Regional Jail at 8:43 p.m. and his bond was set at $1,000.

"We are aware of the situation and are handling it internally at this time," WKU associate director of media relations Zach Greenwell said.

According to a citation report, officer Rick Bessette responded to the report of a collision in the El Mazatlan restaurant parking lot on Nashville Road in Bowling Green at 7:22 p.m. Hansbrough was asked if he had been drinking and stated he had not had an alcoholic beverage since Friday night.

Hansbrough agreed to a standard field sobriety test and showed indicators of alcohol influence during the test. He was placed in custody at which time Bessette could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on Hansbrough's person.

Once at the Warren County Regional Jail, Hansbrough refused to submit to the intoxilyzer. He was booked at 8:43 p.m. and released at 4:16 a.m. Sunday.

The former Notre Dame star has been on WKU's support staff for the past two seasons and was promoted to a full-time assistant role prior to this season. Hansbrough played two season for Western coach Rick Stasnbury at Mississippi State from 2006-08 before finishing his career at Notre Dame.

Hansbrough also played professionally in Europe and in 28 games for the Indiana Pacers before beginning his coaching career.

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