Suns forward P.J. Tucker facing charges of ‘super extreme’ DUI
Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker, who last week signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract, is facing charges of "super extreme DUI" in Scottsdale relating to an incident in May, according to azcentral.com.
According to a Scottsdale Police Department report cited by azcentral, Tucker’s blood-alcohol content was .201 on a preliminary breath test after being pulled over, and .222 on a subsequent blood test.
The legal limit in Arizona is .08, extreme DUI is a reading of .15 or higher, and super-extreme DUI is .20 or higher.
The police report said Tucker, 29, was pulled over after running a stop sign early on the morning of May 10 and driving erratically in the area near Camelback and Scottsdale Roads, a popular nightlife area. The report said the arresting officer detected slurred speech, watery, bloodshot eyes and a powerful alcohol odor and indicated that Tucker stumbled while performing a field sobriety test.
Conviction for super-extreme DUI carries a minimum sentence of 45 days in jail, although the sentence can be reduced with the installation of an ignition interlock device and home arrest. Tucker would also face punishment — likely a multiple-game suspension — from the NBA if guilty.
Tucker was the starting small forward for the Suns during the 2013-14 season and was known for his defensive prowess while averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He was being paid approximately $884,000 last year but received more than a 600 percent raise as a restricted free agent.
According to the published report, the Suns were aware of the charges prior to re-signing Tucker.