Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Popeye Jones accused of drunken driving

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by CHRIS DELL / The Dallas Morning News

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Posted on November 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Former Dallas Mavericks player and current assistant coach Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones was arrested Sunday evening in Richardson and accused of drunken driving.

Jones, who played for the Mavericks from 1993 until 1996 and again in 2002-03, was bonded out of jail this morning at about 4 a.m., according to Richardson Police Department public information officer Jonathan Wakefield.

At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Richardson police received calls from other motorists, who reported that someone was driving erratically in a gray GMC Yukon. When police pulled Jones over in the 100 block of South Greenville Avenue, Jones declined a breathalyzer test and briefly resisted arrest, according to Wakefield.

When police finally corralled Jones, he lost his balance and fell to the pavement, receiving minor cuts on his face. Wakefield said Jones would not be charged with resisting arrest.

Police are not sure where Jones left from or where he was going.

Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban declined to comment on the arrest this morning via e-mail. "I'm not going to comment on Popeye specifically," he wrote. "The question I do have on the record is this: Why do you care? Do you report on every DWI that occurs in Dallas?"

Jones is a player development coach for the Mavericks, who began their season last week.

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