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Report: P.J. Tucker arrested for DUI, registers .222 blood-alcohol content

Jul 28, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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After a breakout season, P.J. Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

It seemed like a feel-good story for a second-round pick who spent five seasons playing overseas before breaking into Phoenix’s lineup.

But Tucker loses a lot of goodwill with this report.

Paul Coro of azcentral:

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.

The Suns were aware of the charges before signing Tucker to his deal.

In no way do I condone anyone driving over a .08, but I can see someone teetering over that line and driving without realizing they’re intoxicated. That doesn’t excuse the transgression, but it changes the severity. Drivers should be responsible for ensuring they’re not drunk, but there’s a difference between accidentally falling over the line and showing absolutely no regard for it.

A .222 is inexcusable. If that reading is accurate, it shows Tucker deliberately put everyone in his path at risk.

He must answer for this, and he will in court. The Suns should also explain why they re-signed Tucker while they – and not the public – knew about this incident.

They weren’t necessarily wrong for rewarding Tucker with a large contract regardless. But they should explain their reasoning.

  1. tampajoey - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    .222 Go big or go home. Way to step it up P.J.

    • angulocarlos1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Lol arizona cardinals John Abraham also got a DUI last month. Arizona players love drinking beverages while diving… Cause it’s so hot you know…🔥😏

      • BrownsTown - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        I would be worried about drowning.

      • BrownsTown - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        .222 is upwards of 20 drinks, or over. Case race?

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        At his weight of 235 pounds, it would probably be over 15 drinks.

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      Dude was hammered


  2. papichulo55 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Another negative news story of a privileged athlete…..

    Here is a good one:

  3. moseskkim - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    He puts it all on the court.. Hes about to throw up all he ate on the court as well!

  4. mackcarrington - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    He had one beer. And 5 scotches. Straight up

  5. ballin99999 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    And anything over .30 is a “super duper extreme-o triple dog DUI”

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      anything over .30 is potentially fatal

  6. sabatimus - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Come on, that’s a terrible shooting percentage.

  7. fnc111 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I told you idiot Suns fans that this signing was garbage and not improving the roster. Suns won’t win more than 40. Golden opportunity thrown away last season.

  8. stl333 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Super extreme DUI?

    • tuberippin - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      They re-named it in the 90s after they decided that “aggravated driving under the influence” just didn’t get the attention of the kids.


  9. adoombray - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    By the way, the reason you hear about so many Arizona Athletes getting popped out there is because there is very little crime in Scottsdale and the cops are extremely racist. Lots of rich white folk in that suburb who love to see a colored fella in handcuffs. In other cities, the cop either let’s the guy go or asks for his autograph, but Arizona is an example of a state where law enforcement has spun completely out of control and understand very well that generation of headlines like these keeps their paychecks rolling in. 10 years I lived in that city and I’m never going back because I won’t raise my children to believe that bigotry like Joe Arpaio is acceptable

    • papichulo55 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Thanks for the Heads-Up. I’ll make sure NOT to drive thru.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      This comment doesn’t play well here for various reasons, but I have to agree with you that Joe Arpaio has a very troubling and sickening track record, and I really HOPE that most of his supporters are truly ignorant.

      Because of how “tough on crime” they supposedly are there, I wonder what the minimum punishments are for this. In my state the 1st DUI carries mandatory jail or a weekend treatment program confinement, and that’s for the .08. I’m pretty sure the “extreme” requires jail time that can’t be bought out of, plus if you ever get your license back you have to use special drunk driving plates.

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