Former NBA player, Bellarmine coach arrested on DUI charges

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By Amanda Manning

 A former NBA player, former University of Louisville basketball player and current Bellarmine University coach was arrested on DUI charges the night of his 51st birthday.

Oldham County Police arrested Prospect resident Felton Spencer Jan. 6 after they found him unresponsive at the Thortons gas station in Prospect at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

When police approached his vehicle, they saw a red plastic cup with ice in it in his hand, according to the arrest citation.

After the officer knocked on the window to wake him up, Spencer told him that he was coming from his house and had fallen asleep at the gas station.

He also told the officer that inside his red cup was Crown Royal that he had brought with him from his house. He told him he had drunk three cups of Crown Royal.

He refused a breathalyzer test, according to court documents.

According to Oldham County Police, Spencer was unsteady on his feet and had glassy eyes.

Spencer told police he had no issues with balance tests. During the test, he used his arms for balance and tried to use the police cruiser for balance, according to Oldham County Police.

Police stopped the field sobriety test for his safety, according to the arrest citation.

Spencer is charged with his first offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He is also facing the charges of possession of an open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle and operating on a suspended or revoked license.

Spencer played a dozen seasons in the NBA for teams including the New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, and San Antonio Spurs.

He played four years at University of Louisville from 1986 to 1990.

Spencer has been an assistant men’s basketball coach at Bellarmine University since the 2016-17 season.

Spencer was booked in the Oldham County Detention Center, but has since bailed out on his own recognizance.

His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 16 in Oldham County District Court.