UNIVERSITY PARK - A Highland Park athlete asked police not to arrest him because he was afraid of missing his team's upcoming basketball game.

The conversation was caught on a police dash-camera and released Wednesday to News 8.

It shows 18-year-old David Allen, the leading scorer of Highland Park High School's basketball team, wobbling during a field sobriety test.

Investigators pulled over Allen on Saturday, after they said he slammed his vehicle into a parked car in University Park and left the scene.

The video shows that Allen did not have his drivers license when he was pulled over and investigators said he smelled of alcohol.

Allen denied drinking at first. The officer is heard snapping back, Don't lie to me. How much have you had to drink tonight, because I can smell it on your breath?

The Highland Park senior is heard on tape saying he's only had a couple sips from a friend's drink.

The officer responded: A couple of sips? You can barely stand up.

Police reports show Allen's blood alcohol level was 0.122, over the legal limit of 0.08.

As the teenager was being handcuffed and taken into custody, he's overheard telling the officer about a basketball game that he was supposed to play in Tuesday night.

I won't be able to play in the playoffs, Allen tells the officer. Our opening game is Tuesday.

You're going to jail, the University Park officer responded.


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