On early Sunday morning, Buffalo Bandits coach Darris K. was taken into custody in the Town of Lewiston. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving at high speed, driving a vehicle without a registration or insurance and several traffic infractions.
Around 3 a.m., he was stopped by a deputy for traveling 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. According to the deputy, he showed signs of intoxication and he failed 5 field sobriety tests. He told the deputy that he had consumed 3 beers at a friend’s house in Niagara Falls and was going home.
After he was arrested, he refused to give a breath sample for testing. He said to the deputy, “I understand and don’t want to take the test”.
On Wednesday morning, he could not be reached for comment.
Prior to this incident, he was also taken into custody for DWI on 9th of May 2011 after Lewiston police found his vehicle in a ditch on Upper Mountain Road. A patrolling officer saw his vehicle in a ditch on Upper Mountain Road around 2:05 a.m. and the officer said he smelled alcohol on his breath, according to Lewiston Police Sgt. Frank Previte. He told the officer that he was trying to reverse his vehicle from the driveway.
The 40-year-old failed several field sobriety tests and he was charged with DUI, unsafe backing, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and refusal to take a breath test. The Bandits season ended on Saturday night with a home loss in the Eastern Conference finals.
He is a former professional lacrosse player and coach. After playing for the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League for 8 seasons, he finished his playing career. He won a total of three championships with the Bandits before he retired in March 2001. He was the first player to have his number retired by an NLL team.
From 2003 to 2013, he coached the Buffalo Bandits for 10 seasons but in June, he was dismissed by the team. He is a member of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame. He was the 1st player ever drafted by the Bandits in 1991 and later became the first player in NLL history to have his jersey retired. He is NLL’s all-time winningest coach.
After the 2012 season, he was fired from his post as general manager of the Bandits but he continued to hold the position as head coach. He was informed on 10th of June 2013 by the Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations, Scott Loffler, that he would not be retained as Coach for the 2014 season.
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