A University of Louisville football assistant coach was placed on leave Monday after he was arrested this weekend on charges of drunk driving.
Chris Klenakis, Louisville’s tight ends coach, was arrested on Interstate 64 in Shelbyville shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to an arrest report.
Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement that Klenakis had been put on administrative leave on Monday.
“Coach Klenakis approached me this morning and informed me of the situation that occurred over the weekend,” Petrino said in the statement. “I informed our administration and Coach Klenakis was placed on an administrative leave of absence effective immediately. There are high standards in our program for our coaching staff and we must adhere to those standards on a daily basis.”
Klenakis was charged with reckless driving, first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle.
The report said Klenakis was swerving while driving down the interstate and nearly hit a construction wall “multiple times” while construction workers were present. Deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department arrived after multiple people called 911 to report a reckless driver.
Police said Klenakis refused an order to get out of his car and had to be forcefully pulled out by an officer. There were empty beer cans crushed in the passenger seat as well as multiple open containers of alcohol. Police attempted to conduct a field sobriety test but Klenakis walked out into oncoming traffic and was nearly hit by a truck, the report said. Klenakis’ blood alcohol level was measured at .165 after consenting to a breath test.