Phoenix Suns player sentenced for 'super extreme' DUI

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by Video report by Tim RIng

azfamily.com

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 6 at 5:31 PM

PHOENIX -- 3TV has learned that Phoenx Suns player P.J. Tucker will serve jail time, following his arrest  for "super extreme" DUI.

Tucker, 29, was 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 cited for a stop sign violation and four counts of varying degrees of DUI charges.

According to the Scottsdale City Prosecutor, Tucker will serve three days in jail and 11 days of home detention.  An interlock ignition device will be placed inside his car for 18 months. He will be on probation for up to 5 years, and will have to undergo substance abuse screening and counseling.

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Suns' P.J. Tucker gets jail time, apologizes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to "super extreme" driving under the influence.

"I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses," Tucker said in a statement. "It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again."

Police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale, nearly three times the legal limit in Arizona.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling and pay fines of $2,750. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

Details of the punishment and Tucker's statement were released by his attorneys following his court appearance on Monday.

"In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. "We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this."

Tucker's Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer, and the police report said his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

The Suns were aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in early July.

Tucker wrote of how blessed he was and that he was grateful no one was hurt.

He said the process of making life changes has begun "and will continue with the support of my family, friends and, of course, the amazing Phoenix Suns."

"I will not let you down," his statement concluded.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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P.J. Tucker gets jail time, apologizes; Suns react

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to "super extreme" driving under the influence.

"I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses," Tucker said in a statement. "It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again."

Police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling, and pay fines of $2,750. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

Details of the punishment and Tucker's statement were released by his attorneys following his court appearance on Monday.

"In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. "We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this."

Tucker's Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer, and the police report said his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

The Suns were aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in early July.

Tucker wrote of how blessed he was and that he was grateful no one was hurt.

He said the process of making life changes has begun "and will continue with the support of my family, friends and, of course, the amazing Phoenix Suns."

"I will not let you down," his statement concluded.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

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