Charles Barkley Busted on Suspicion of DUI

NBA legend refuses breathalyzer, given blood test instead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2008 9:00 AM CST
Former professional basketball player Charles Barkley, left, autographs a book in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath)
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(Newser) – Former NBA star Charles Barkley was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of drinking and driving after running a stop sign at around 1:30 this morning, according to police. Barkley declined to submit to a breath test, but was given a blood test. The results weren't immediately available. After Barkley was processed, he was cited and released.  

"There was nothing unusual about how he was taken into custody," said a police lieutenant. "He was treated exactly like we treat anybody else." Barkley was arrested in Scottsdale's Old Town area, one of the trendiest spots in the Phoenix metro area.