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Phoenix Suns Player P.J. Tucker Charged With Super Extreme DUI

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 06:  P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at US Airways Center on April 6, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Thunder 122-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 06: P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at US Airways Center on April 6, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Thunder 122-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


By David Schwartz

PHOENIX, July 29 (Reuters) - A Phoenix Suns basketball player has been arrested on suspicion of super extreme DUI in Arizona after attempting to drive home after a night out, authorities said on Tuesday.

Forward-guard P.J. Tucker, 29, was taken to jail and released following the incident, which took place in Scottsdale on May 10 but only came to light this week, according to a police report.

Police said Tucker, considered a team leader by insiders, was returning home from the W Scottsdale Hotel when he was pulled over by police after allegedly running a stop sign.

The officer said in the report that he noticed Tucker had possible signs of impairment, and that a strong alcohol smell was coming from the vehicle.

Tucker registered a blood-alcohol content of .201 percent during a field sobriety breath test, with .08 percent being the legal threshold for drunk driving, the police report stated. He later registered .222 percent in a blood test. Super extreme DUI is .20 or above under Arizona law.

Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Suns last week after a season in which he averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. He signed with the team as a free agent in August 2012.

A Suns spokeswoman said team officials were aware of the incident when he was signed to the new contract, but declined to make any further comment. (Reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Eric Walsh)

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