Phoenix Suns player arrested for 'super extreme' DUI

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Video report by Tanya Mendis

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 2:12 PM

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns guard P.J. Tucker, 29, was reportedly arrested May 10 in Scottsdale for "super extreme DUI."

According to the Scottsdale police report, Tucker's blood alcohol content registered at .201 in a preliminary breath field test. That's more than twice the legal limit.

A blood test administered to Tucker later at the hospital reportedly showed his blood alcohol content to be .222.

Tucker was pulled over after rolling through a stop sign near Scottsdale Fashion Square. He told the officer he had "been at the W Hotel."

Apparently he thought he was getting out of a bad situation by leaving the hotel.  According to the police report, Tucker said "everyone there was doing coke" and he wanted to remove himself from the scene.

"Nice try as an excuse," says one fan, Dario. "So he's not a coke guy. He's a DUI guy. He should have  called a cab instead."

"I can understand where he's coming from, but why would you put yourself in that situation in the first place?" asks fan Dionte Caldwell.

According to the police report, Tucker's speech was "thick and slurred," when he was pulled over, and his eyes were "watery and bloodshot." The officer also said he could smell an intoxicating beverage on Tucker's breath.

Tucker was cited for a stop sign violation and four counts of varying degrees of DUI charges.

He has been a prominent member of the Suns for the last two seasons, and started 81 games last season. He recently signed a new two-year contract.

Some fans say they're disappointed to hear about his arrest. "He could have walked away," says Caldwell. "It doesn't hurt to walk once in awhile."

"At that level you've really got to step up your game," says fan Isaac Trimble. "You can't put yourself in that situation."

3TV reached out to the Suns for comment. All team officials would say is that they are aware of the situation, and they won't comment until the case is resolved.


 

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