Suns player PJ Tucker avoids serving time in Tent City

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns player PJ Tucker will avoid Tent City, and some are saying his punishment for "super extreme" DUI is too light.

Tucker was sentenced to 13 days for his "super extreme" DUI conviction. But he will not serve his time at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Tent City. A Scottsdale judge sentenced Tucker to two days at the Montebello City Jail in California and 10 days of house arrest. He also gets credit for one day already served.

According to state law, those convicted of "super-extreme" DUIs must serve 45 days in jail. However, Tucker was able to reduce that sentence by agreeing to install an ignition interlock device in his car. The remaining 14 days were reduced because Scottsdale offers a home detention option.

Arpaio says he is not happy.

"This is a personal insult that this guy is avoiding the Tent City just for two days. And the weather isn't bad," Arpaio said. "If it was last month with 130 degrees, I can understand."

Arpaio says he's had celebrities and sports stars in his jail before, and this should be no different.

"This is a very serious DUI," Arpaio said. "So I'm a little aggravated. The least he could do is do his time here."

The sheriff calls the jail in California a "country club" where you can bring your own food and clothing.

"What I'm going to do is research everyone in the jails arrested for DUI. I want to know why they're not doing more time," Arpaio said.

Tucker, 29, was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale for "super extreme" DUI. He has since issued a statement apologizing for his actions. Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby says the organization believes Tucker's remorse is sincere and is convinced he will take the necessary steps to avoid such incidents in the future.

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.