Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested in May on a multiple extreme DUI charges after being pulled over for a traffic violation, according to the Scottsdale Police. Paul Coro was first to report the news and added that the Suns knew of the arrest before signing Tucker this offseason to a three-year, $16.5 million deal.
A breathalyzer test from after Tucker was pulled over on May 10 revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .201, and a blood test after the forward’s arrest registered at .222, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. Tucker was charged with running a stop sign, regular DUI and two counts of extreme DUI. An extreme DUI is given at BAC reading .15, while another extreme DUI citation is given for BACs that register over .200.
According to the police report, Tucker was pulled over for driving through a stop sign near Scottsdale Road and Camelback. He told police he had one beer “a while ago” before being pulled over and had left the W Hotel. He told the officer he was heading home because he wanted to remove himself from a bad situation at the hotel.
Tucker complied with the arresting officer’s requests but struggled through the HGN test before blowing above the legal limit.
The Suns won’t comment on Tucker’s arrest until after the matter is settled in court, according to Coro.
As Coro notes, the more severe DUI charge comes with a minimum 45-day jail sentence but can be reduced if the charged person submits to an interlock device being placed in their car and house arrest.
(Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Police)