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Sabonis’ Wife Charged With DWI

May 17, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The wife of Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis was charged with drunken driving about two hours before her husband’s team played the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Ingrida Sabonis, a former model and actress who was once named Miss Vilnius of Lithuania, was cited Tuesday afternoon as she drove to a Portland school to pick up her four children.

Police said another driver spotted the woman driving erratically on U.S. 26. The driver followed her to the school parking lot and called 911.

She was charged with driving under the influence. She was booked and released from jail just before 7 p.m.

Arvydas Sabonis, who also is Lithuanian, had 16 points and nine rebounds as the Blazers eliminated the Jazz 81-79.

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