SARASOTA, Fla. -- The older brother of Monica Seles was arrested and charged with drunken driving after losing control of his car and hitting a tree.
He was treated at the scene of the accident, according to a police report, which did not detail any injuries.
The accident happened early Wednesday while Zoltan Seles was driving home from a club and veered out of control, the police report said.
The car knocked down a sign, hit a tree and rolled. The 36-year-old brother of the tennis star was pinned in the wreckage and had to be pulled out by rescue crews.
Police said breathalyzer tests showed Seles had a blood-alcohol level of 0.172 to 0.177 -- more than twice the .08 level at which the state considers drivers drunk.
Seles of Sarasota was charged with driving under the influence with property damage and was being held in jail Friday on $500 bail. He does not yet have an attorney, according to court records.
Zoltan Seles was a one-time junior tennis champion in the family's native Yugoslavia.
On Dec. 5, Monica Seles was involved in an accident with a woman police said was driving drunk.
Seles and her mother, Ester, sustained minor injuries. The driver of the other car, Cynthia Bauman, was arrested on four counts of DUI and causing damage to people or property.
Copyright 2001 Associated Press
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Dec 28th, 2001, 06:51 PM
I found this a bit weird considering his mom & sister were in an accident like this a few weeks ago. Anybody agree??????
Dec 28th, 2001, 06:54 PM
Great. All the other things Monica has to deal with, and now it turns out her brother is a goof.
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:01 PM
I don't find it weird this crap happens all the time. I was a member of S.A.D.D. in highschool and I have heard stories and seen the results of alot of drunk drivers. Drunk drivers kill innoncent people everyday. And themselves aswell. I hope maybe this is a wake up call for Zolton. But usually it takes death to see the "light".
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:03 PM
I hope that no one was injured.
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:04 PM
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:22 PM
I agree with Tennisfan. This is very bizarre. Zolton's sister and mother could have been seriously injured or killed a few weeks ago, when a drunk driver hit them. Fortunately they only suffered minor injuries. And now he gets arrested. The Seles family must be very embarrassed. As far as I'm concermed, they should make even stiffer penalties for drunk or impaired drivers.
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Dec 28th, 2001, 07:26 PM
It is quite strange after what happend earlier this month!
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:49 PM
A drunk driver is a drunk driver. I hope they throw the book at him.
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:01 PM
Oh *hit!!!! South West Florida has really good programs for anyone under the influence... Why didn't he call someone??? Triple A was literally begging to give rides home and tow cars for free... <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0">
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Dec 28th, 2001, 08:02 PM
I agree with Double Fault. There are so many other methods of getting places now. One can take a taxi, call a friend, or even walk. I can think of NO excuse to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:05 PM
wow, that is very strange. You'd think after what happened with Monica that he would not do something like that...though I don't know a thing about him. I hope he learns his lesson now at least. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:27 PM
I hope they take his drivers-licence away and never give it back! <img src="mad.gif" border="0">
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:32 PM
Bad, bad Zoltan! <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> He and Sergei Federov should get together and shape UP! <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
I now wonder if ZOLTAN was the cause of Monica's "personal problems" she was trying to cope with last year at this time?? Poor Moni! <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:33 PM
This is stupid and sad.
Sad that Monica and mom were probably scared he might die or someone else.
Stupid because Monica and her mom could have been killed by a drunk driver and Zoltan ends up driving drunk.
If it was Monica who posted the bail, I wished she would have considered letting Zoltan sit and think about what he did for a while in his jail cell.
I agree with Irma, take away his license. I don't Monica or anyone else driving on the road while her brother is.
Hopefully he'll learn from this.
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:35 PM
Yes when i first saw this article i thought he would have had more sense after what happened a few weeks ago, but i dont care who he is, he was drunkand driving so he should be locked up and $500 seems a little soft considering he was over double the permitted limit!
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:55 PM
he was caught drink driving at the end of 2001 and so its logical that he was causing monica problems at the end of 2000?.........
what made u think that?
Dec 28th, 2001, 10:03 PM
I still don't see how it is so strange. Zolton was driving drunk. A drunk person does not think rationally and logically. Just because Monica and her mom got in a wreck with a drunk driver does not mean that Zolton has cured his driving drunk habit. Repeat offenders are out there. Infact most drunk drivers who had/have killed are repeat offenders. I betcha a buck that he gets behind the wheel drunk again. I betcha a buck that this incident is not his first time either. I dont know I just can't stand it when an intoxicated person drives drunk. I feel like bashing them upside the head. Just like this old man who lives a few apartments away from me. The fool has hit at least 6 cars out here. Makes no sense <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
Dec 29th, 2001, 02:24 AM
I am a member of M.A.D.D..I hate these people.When will they wake up and smell the coffee.?When they kill their own family.?I hope not. <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Dec 29th, 2001, 04:00 AM
<img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> . I hope he is all right
Dec 29th, 2001, 06:12 AM
I'm glad he wasn't hurt and that he didn't nail anyone else. After what happened to his Mom and sister, he should have known better. For a 36 yr old, he doesn't look too good:
That is some picture. It's really sad. Who knows, maybe Zoltan has had this and other problems since last year or earlier. We have heard so little about him...who knows what is going on. It is just too bad that Monica now has to deal with the repercussions of his actions. Hopefully she will not let this be a distraction.
Dec 29th, 2001, 07:34 AM
omg he has changed so much! He looks like one of my uncles!
This is such freaky news...Im glad he's OK tho...when will poor Mon catch a break?