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UPDATE: Jan. 9
GILBERT -- Gilbert police on Friday released the results of former NBA star Charles Barkley's blood-alcohol level following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence early New Year's Eve morning.
According to the blood test results, Barkely's blood-alcohol content was .149, nearly double the legal limit of .08.
Barkely was stopped by police after allegedly running a stop sign in Old Town Scottsdale.
After administring a field sobriety test, an officer placed Barkley under arrest and took him in for a blood test.
Police are releasing their audio recording from the traffic stop. That will be posted here on azfamily.com as soon as it comes into the 3TV newsroom.
UPDATE: Jan. 1: Oral sex and a handgun in Barkley's DUI arrest report
A Gilbert Police investigation report indicates Charles Barkley was in a hurry to get oral sex when stopped by an officer in Scottsdale.
The report also indicates a handgun was found in Barkley vehicle, which was impounded. The former Suns player also reportedly joked to a Gilbert police employee that he would "tattoo your name on my ass" if the employee could get him out of the DUI arrest.
The report goes on to say Barkley was cordial and respectful throughout the officers' investigation.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Wednesday, Dec. 31
GILBERT -- Former Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley was cited and released on suspicion of driving under the influence early Wednesday morning.
According to police, a Gilbert officer who was working with the East Valley DUI Task Force stopped Barkley for allegedly running a stop sign at 75th Street and Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale. It happened at about 1:30 a.m.
Lt. Eric Shuhandler of the Gilbert Police Department said the officer smelled alcohol and had Barkley do the standard field sobriety tests.
"The officers are trained to do these tests, to perform these tests on the individual driver to determine alcohol concentration [and his or her] level of impairment," Shuhandler said.
The officer then arrested Barkley on suspicion of DUI.
The 11-time NBA All-Star declined to take a breath test, police said, and was taken to the East Valley DUI Command Post, where officers performed a blood test. Those BAC results were not expected for at least several days.
"I am disappointed that I put myself in that situation," Barkley said in a statement to The Associated Press. "The Scottsdale police were fantastic. Now it is a legal matter and I will not comment any further as it is a legal matter."
Barkley's vehicle, a 2005 Infiniti SUV, was impounded per procedure.
The 45-year-old Hall of Famer took a taxi home, Shuhandler said.
According to Shuhandler, it's common to release people after they've been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
"Mr. Barkley was treated in the same manner as all other impaired drivers who are arrested by the Gilbert Police Department," according to a Gilbert Police Department news release.
The release also said Barkley was "cooperative and respectful during the entire incident."
Police said several people snapped pictures with their cell phones, including a few that quickly showed up on the TMZ Web site.
Barkley played 16 seasons with the NBA, four of them in the Valley of the Sun. In 1993, he led the Suns to the NBA finals and was named league MVP. He also played on the U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning teams in 1992 and 1996.
Barkley is now a commentator for TNT's NBA coverage.
The East Valley DUI Task Force said it has made 1,900 arrests so far this holiday season. Officers are reminding Valley residents that they will be out in full force tonight as people ring in the new year.