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May 23, 2019

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Palms owner George Maloof formally charged with DUI

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George Joseph Maloof

The District Attorney's office formally charged George Maloof, owner of the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas, with drunken driving today stemming from a traffic stop in early October.

Maloof was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, speeding, making an improper turn, driving without a valid license and operation of a motor vehicle without security, according to a criminal complaint.

Maloof was stopped at 11:36 p.m. Oct. 9 near Spanish Trail Country Club in the southwest valley, where he lives, and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He was released from jail the next day.

Metro officers stopped Maloof after clocking him going 72 mph in a 45 mph zone, officials said. He failed three sobriety tests, according to an arrest report.

Maloof has said he had four beers and was driving home with his assistant from a friend's wedding about six miles away. Maloof also told officers he had taken Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, prior to driving, according to the arrest report.

Maloof is expected to have an arraignment Jan. 10, 2011, according to the District Attorney's office.

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