Paola Banchero Charged With Aiding and Abetting DWI of Coach K’s Grandson, Per Report

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

On opening night against Kentucky, Duke showed that they are one of the best teams in college basketball and that Paola Banchero is one of the best players in college basketball, but it now appears that the team will have some off the court issues to handle.

According to court records obtained by the News & Observer, Michael Savarino, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson, was arrested for DWI while star freshman Paolo Banchero is charged with aiding and abetting DWI.

The players were initially stopped for a stop sign violation. The officer that performed the stop, observed signs of impairment, and Savarino was then taken into custody at 1:10 AM Sunday morning.

The News & Observer reports that a breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of .08, which is illegal as Savarino was under the age of 21.

As for Banchero’s involvement, he was charged and released at the scene. In the State of North Carolina, aiding and abetting a DWI can be charged when a person knowingly turns over their own vehicle to someone who is impaired or fails to prevent an impaired person from getting behind the wheel.

The player’s status for tonight’s game against Gardner-Webb is uncertain and court dates have been scheduled for Dec 8th (Banchero) and 9th (Savarino).

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