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Palms owner George Maloof arrested on DUI charge

Updated Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 | 10:26 p.m.

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George Joseph Maloof

George Maloof, owner of the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas, was arrested Saturday night by a Metro Police traffic officer on a charge of drunken driving, authorities said Monday morning.

Maloof, 46, was stopped at 11:36 p.m. near Spanish Trail Country Club in the southwest valley, where he lives, and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Maloof said he was released from jail Sunday morning.

In addition to the DUI charge, police said Maloof also was booked in connection with speeding 21 to 30 miles over the posted speed limit, making an illegal left turn, driving without a valid license and not having proof of insurance.

Maloof released a statement Monday and said he takes responsibility for the incident.

"I was out at a wedding on Saturday night. I didn’t feel I was intoxicated so I drove home where I was cited outside the entrance to my development. My blood alcohol level was 0.087 which in Nevada is slightly over the legal limit," Maloof said in the statement. "I take full responsibility for my actions and I can assure you it won’t happen again."

Maloof said he had four beers and was driving home with his assistant from a friend's wedding about six miles away.

A person who has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 is considered drunk in Nevada.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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