Suns P.J. Tucker gets jail time for drunk driving in Arizona: attorney
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[August 05, 2014]
By David Schwartz
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Phoenix Suns
basketball forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced on Monday to three days in
jail and 11 days of house arrest after pleading guilty to "super
extreme" drunk driving in Arizona, one of his attorneys said.
Tucker, considered a team leader by insiders, signed a
three-year, $16.5 million contract with the National Basketball
Association franchise in July after a season in which he averaged
9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.
On Monday, a Scottsdale judge put the 29-year-old on probation for
five years, placed him on a substance abuse screening and counseling
program and said he must carry a breathalyzer, or ignition interlock
device, in his car for 18 months, his lawyer Melanie Beauchamp said.
He had been arrested and released from jail in May after trying to
drive home from the W Scottsdale Hotel after a night out, according
to a police report.
Tucker's blood-alcohol level was .222 percent in a blood test, or
nearly three times the legal limit. "Super extreme" driving under
the influence is .20 or above under Arizona law.
Lon Babby, president of the Suns basketball operations, said in a
statement on Monday the team is convinced that Tucker is remorseful
and that he will "take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct
in the future".
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In a statement, Tucker said: "I am truly sorry and I take full
responsibility for my actions. It is now my responsibility to
examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never
(Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Louise Ireland)
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