NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley was arrested Wednesday morning for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to Scottsdale, Arizona police.
The 45-year-old was taken into custody when a member of a Scottsdale task force put in place to crack down and catch drunk drivers saw the TNT employee run a stop sign around 1:30 a.m. Barkley then refused a breathalyzer (which lawyers say everyone should do), but a blood-alcohol test was administered. As is the case with blood-alcohol tests, Barkley’s results were not immediately available.
The funny/strange thing is that after Barkley was cited and processed for suspicion of a DUI, he was allowed to catch a cab and drive home.
After reading the AP’s report, it seems that Barkley was a likely target. Not because of his celebrity or the vehicle he was driving, but because of where he was driving. He was pulled over and arrested in the Old Town area of Scottsdale, which the AP says is a trendy spot in Scottsdale. For those of you who don’t know, trendy=lots of alcohol sold and consumed. A trendy place is also a location police view as a perfect place to catch people drinking while driving.
Looking at the facts, I don’t know if Barkley’s to blame here. Obviously, we’ll learn in a few days if he was truly driving while intoxicated, but I think that running a stop sign is something that all drivers do. And since police know this, it provides a perfect way for them to pull someone over and ask if they were driving while intoxicated.
Stay tuned, though. This story could blow up and possibly cost Barkley his job at TNT.