AZ – Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker was arrested for “super extreme DUI” in May by Scottsdale police. Tucker’s blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police. A driver is considered legally drunk for a DUI charge in Arizona at .08 blood-alcohol content. A blood test administered after Tucker was taken to jail and later analyzed by Arizona DPS showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report. A super extreme DUI is .20 or more. A Scottsdale police officer reported spotting Tucker, 29, driving his 2011 Mercedes-Benz slowly through a stop sign at North Buckboard Trail and East Camelback Road, near a popular downtown Scottsdale nightlife area. According to the report, the vehicle ran that stop sign northbound at about 12:30 a.m., turned wide left into the right lane on westbound Camelback and turned wide again while straddling two lanes on northbound Scottsdale Road before the officer pulled the vehicle over. Tucker had “thick and slurred” speech and “watery and bloodshot” eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a “powerful” alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Tucker was cited for a stop sign violation and four counts for varying degrees of DUI charges, including a regular DUI (.08 blood alcohol content or greater) and an extreme DUI (.15 blood alcohol content or greater). The most severe of the counts was a super extreme DUI charge that carries a minimum 45-day sentence. If prosecuted for super extreme DUI, that would carry a minimum 45-day jail sentence, although it can be reduced significantly by installation of an ignition interlock device and home arrest. Last week, Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract ($12.7 million guaranteed) with the Suns. The Suns were aware of the charges before signing Tucker to his deal. He was a restricted free agent before agreeing to the deal with Phoenix, where he emerged on NBA minimum salaries over the past two seasons after working his way back to the NBA through success in European leagues. He became a regular starter for the Suns last season and was an on- and off-court leader. He averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season while serving as the team’s top defender, an improved 3-point shooter and a repeat winner of the Dan Majerle Hustle Award.
PJ Tucker going hard in the motherfucking paint! You don’t win the Dan Majerle Hustle Award by simply getting DUIs. The Suns didn’t back up the brinks truck for him to blow .09s. That’s bench player shit. Might as well go back to Europe or rot in the D league if you’re going to get ho hum DUIs. That’s kindergarten shit. That’s not what gets you paid. You have to go out there and get super extreme DUIs. Which is awesome it’s an actual real life term used in the judicial system. And PJ Tucker achieved it then signed a 3 year, 16.5 million dollar deal. Just living the dream.
PS: Can’t believe the cop didn’t buy that he only had 1 beer. So close to getting away with it.