Suns’ P.J. Tucker will receive jail time for DUI
Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker will serve three days in jail along with 11 days of home detention as a part of the punishment for his guilty plea to a charge of super extreme DUI in Scottsdale back in May.
Tucker’s lawyers Melanie Beauchamp and Martha Neese released that Ticker received the jail and home detention punishments. Normally, a super extreme DUI can receive a 45-day jail sentence, but Tucker also agreed to install an interlock ignition device on his car for 18 months to reduce his jail sentence. Tucker also must submit to substance abuse screening and counseling, and pay $2,750 in fines. That sum does not include court costs and jail costs, which can be up to $200 a day.
Tucker released a statement of apology:
“I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Phoenix for their love and support during my time as a Phoenix Sun,” Tucker said in a prepared statement on Monday. “Thank you to the Phoenix Suns organization for supporting me throughout this difficult time. And, of course my wife Tracey, family and friends, who just keep loving me. I cannot express how much I appreciate and value the many blessings that I have been given – love and abundance that I never imagined. I am truly blessed. I am so grateful that no one was hurt as a result of my choice to drive impaired.
“I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses. It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again. That process has begun and will continue with the love and support of my family, friends and, of course, the amazing Phoenix Suns.
“There is both a lesson and an opportunity in this experience: I learned the lesson the hard way – the opportunity is to ensure others don’t.
“The good that resulted from making this mistake is realizing people’s capacity to forgive. Thank you all so much for the love and forgiveness that I have received throughout this time.
[H/T AZ Central]