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Jonas Valanciunas charged with drunk driving

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, having been stopped in Wasaga Beach, Ont., after allegedly being spotted with open beer bottles while travelling through a drive-thru.

Toronto NBA player allegedly had open beer bottles in vehicle

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with DUI, having been stopped in Wasaga Beach, Ont., after allegedly being spotted with open beer bottles while travelling through a drive-thru. 0:49

The idle Toronto Raptors made news away from the court on Monday.

Second-year centre Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with impaired driving, having been stopped in Wasaga Beach, Ont., about 2:30 a.m. ET after allegedly being spotted with open beer bottles while travelling through a drive-thru.

Police say officers located the vehicle at a home, where they arrested Valanciunas alleging he was under the influence of alcohol while driving.

Valanciunas is charged with having greater than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and is to appear in court in nearby Collingwood on April 22.

"I hold myself to a high standard and take my role as a member of the Toronto Raptors very seriously," Valanciunas said in a statement released by the team. "I apologize to the organization, my teammates, my family and my fans, and regret any negativity this incident has brought upon them."

Earlier, the Raptors issued a statement, saying they are disappointed Valanciunas is in this situation.

“We take this matter very seriously," said the NBA team, "as we have the highest expectations for all members of our organization. At this time we are continuing to gather information and we will comment further when appropriate.”

Valanciunas, 21, is averaging 11 points and 8.6 rebounds in 76 games this season.

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