Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was reportedly arrested in May for a DUI with an astoundingly high .22 blood-alcohol content, Paul Coro of azcentral.com reported Monday night. Police charged Tucker, 29, with a violation for running a stop sign as well as four separate counts of varying DUI charges. If prosecuted and found guilty, Tucker could face a standard penalty of up to 45 days in jail or some form of house arrest.
Curiously, the Suns signed Tucker to a new three-year, $16.5 million contract just last week. The DUI arrest occurred in May. It is unclear if the Suns knew of the arrest before offering him the contract.
Tucker averaged 9.4 points per game for the Suns during the 2013-14 season and emerged as a starter.
The police report stemming from the arrest, which was reported for the first time today by azcentral.com, describes Tucker's alcohol level as "super extreme," an apparent legal classification of any blood alcohol content level above .20.
The belated news of the alcohol-related arrest and DUI charge came just minutes after it was revealed Arizona Cardinals all-pro linebacker John Abraham was charged with a DUI in June.
- Will Green