Phoenix Suns Player Gets "Super Extreme DUI"

NBA Player Charged With “Super Extreme DUI” in Arizona

Phoenix Suns player, P.J. Tucker, was charged with DUI back in May.  Tucker wasn’t just charged with a regular DUI.  He was charged with a “super extreme DUI.”  Arizona has various levels of DUI, depending on the driver’s blood or breath alcohol level.  The higher the BAC, the more severe the possible penalty.

Generally, a BAC of 0.08 or higher results in a DUI charge.  In Arizona, a BAC between .150 but less than .200 results in an “extreme DUI.”  A BAC of .200 or greater results in a “super extreme DUI.”

Tucker was stopped by police for traffic violations.  He took a roadside portable breath test (PBT), which provided a preliminary result of .201.  The more formal test given later in the investigation resulted in a .222 BAC.

Colorado’s “Super Extreme DUI”

Like Arizona, Colorado has varying degrees of DUI, including a DUI charge that specifically increases penalties for a driver with a BAC of .200 or greater.  Colorado does not call this type of DUI a super extreme DUI, but if a person is convicted of a DUI with a BAC of .200 or greater, the law mandates a minimum mandatory 10 days jail.  Depending on other circumstances, such as whether the driver has any prior DUI or DWAI convictions and, if so, the age of the prior convictions, the jail time may be served in alternative forms, such as in home detention.