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P.J. Tucker gets three days in jail, apologizes for 'super extreme DUI'

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Tucker receives three days in jail plus penalties for DUI.
P.J. Tucker receives three days in jail plus penalties for DUI. (USATSI)

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Phoenix Suns wing P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail along with 11 days of home detention Monday for a "super extreme" DUI back in May.

Tucker pleaded guilty to the charges after police said he had a blood alcohol level of .22 at the time of the arrest. The blood alcohol level legal limit in Arizona is .08. In addition to the jail time and home detention, Tucker has agreed to undergo counseling for substance abuse, pay $2,750 in fines, put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, and has been placed on probation for up to five years. From the Associated Press:

Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to "super extreme" driving under the influence.

"I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses," Tucker said in a statement. "It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again."

Police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale, nearly three times the legal limit in Arizona.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling and pay fines of $2,750. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

Tucker signed a three-year, $16 million contract to stay with the Suns back in July. Suns' president of basketball operations Lon Babby issued a statement regarding the matter. He stated that while the Suns don't condone his actions, they support him as he works through this and find his remorse and acceptance of the consequences as sincere.

If convicted of the "super extreme" DUI charge, Tucker would have faced a minimum of 45 days in jail. The Suns were aware of the charges against Tucker at the time of re-signing him.

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