Watch bodycam footage of Cleveland Cavaliers chief Koby Altman struggling with police sobriety tests before being arrested for impaired driving, denying a breath test
- The 41-year-old nearly crashed his white 2022 Lexus in Cleveland
- He told cops he was tired after a long dinner and was returning from a trip abroad.
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Cleveland Cavaliers president Koby Altman appears to have struggled with police sobriety tests before being arrested for drunk driving in body camera footage released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol this week.
Police ordered Altman, who was hired by the Cavs in 2012, to stop in Cleveland on Friday around 9 p.m. – just a day before his 41st birthday – after seeing his white 2022 Lexus committing a marked lanes violation.
And while they were being arrested, the troopers told Altman he was about to cause an accident.
The video shows Altman trying to pass the walking and turning, standing on one foot and vision tests and even claims at one point that the officers are disrupting his concentration because of their explanations of what he should do.
Altman also revealed to cops that he was a Cavaliers executive and said he was tired after returning to the United States from an overseas trip and a long dinner earlier that night, admitting to drinking a few glasses.
Cavaliers president Koby Altman was arrested for driving under the influence last Friday night.
Altman, 41, nearly caused a crash when he violated Ohio traffic laws in his white Lexus, police say
Altman was hired as director of pro personnel by the Cavs in 2012 before moving up the ranks
When officers asked Altman to submit a breathalyzer test, he refused before being handcuffed.
Altman ended up being charged with committing a marked lanes violation and operating a vehicle while impaired, considered an “OVI” in Ohio.
On Tuesday, reports said Altman “pleaded not guilty” in Cleveland Municipal Court, adding that the NBA executive admitted to not knowing how fast he was going. He also apologized for his actions.
Altman was employed as the Cavs’ director of pro personnel when LeBron James guided the team to an NBA title in 2016.
Altman (left) finished second in NBA Executive of the Year voting last season (photo from last year)
He was hired as Cleveland’s general manager a year later. He’s the one who drafted today’s stars like Darius Garland and Evan Mobley.
Altman was promoted to president of basketball operations in 2022. He finished second in NBA Executive of the Year voting last season.
In 2022, the team signed him to a contract extension through the 2027-28 season.
The Cavs are aware of Altman’s arrest by OVI and are cooperating with local officials and NBA executives to gather more information.