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Suns player suspended 3 games for DUI

P. J. Tucker (Source: Scottsdale Police Department) P. J. Tucker (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)
P. J. Tucker (Source: NBA) P. J. Tucker (Source: NBA)

A player for the Phoenix Suns has been suspended for three games without pay after pleading guilty to drunken driving, according to the Phoenix Suns.

Suns' forward P. J. Tucker pleaded guilty to driving while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor, in violation of the law of the State of Arizona, the NBA announced Tuesday, according to Suns spokesman Timothy Kuck.

Tucker, who was arrested in May on drunken driving charges, had a blood alcohol content level of 0.222 percent, police reports said. 

In Arizona, a person is deemed legally drunk at 0.08 percent.

Tucker was pulled over May 10 after a Scottsdale police officer noticed the 2011 Mercedes-Benz that Tucker was driving had slowed to 10 mph and ran a stop sign at Camelback and Buckboard, the report stated.

The vehicle then made a wide left turn onto Camelback in the far right lane, the report said. As the officer pulled behind the vehicle, both came to a stop for a red light at Camelback and Scottsdale roads.

The officer said Tucker's vehicle then turned wide onto Scottsdale Road so that half of the car was in the middle lane and half in the right lane. 

When the officer turned on his red lights, Tucker's vehicle continued northbound and stopped in the roadway just north of Fashion Square Mall, the report stated.

The officer said while speaking with Tucker, he noted the man's speech was "thick and slurred, his eyes were watery and bloodshot" and the officer could detect "the powerful odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from the vehicle," according to the police report.

Officers placed Tucker in two pairs of handcuffs "due to his size," the report said.

He was cited for four counts for varying degrees of DUI charges and a stop sign violation. 

Tucker's suspension will begin with the first game of the 2014-2015 NBA regular season, Kuck said.

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