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Arpaio: Suns player sentenced to "country club" instead of tent city

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - He was arrested for DUI back in May. Sheriff Joe Arpaio claims that Phoenix Suns Forward PJ Tucker might be getting preferential treatment when it comes to his punishment.

Tucker's blood alcohol content level was .22; that's almost three times the legal limit of .08, it's also considered a "super extreme DUI" under Arizona law.

Part of his plea deal includes two days in jail that he will serve in California, not Arizona.

Instead of serving his sentence in the tent city, a judge said Tucker can serve his sentence in California, in a small, air conditioned, private jail, with only 35 holding cells.

Tucker will serve two days in jail, 360 miles away from Phoenix, in California's Montebello City Jail.

"This is an insult to the people, this is an insult to everybody arrested for DUI," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Arpaio expected Tucker to serve his time at tent city when the player pleaded guilty to super extreme DUI.

"I had Chuck Barkley there; I had Grace, I had Tyson, they all took it in the tents, and let me tell you they're all gentlemen. They apologized, but they did their time; they didn't try to go to another state," said Arpaio.

Unlike tent city, Montebello has a self-pay jail program, prisoners pay a daily fee to stay and are kept away from non-sentenced inmates. Court records show Tucker was given directions to the Montebello facility and told what to bring. That includes sealed food products, hygiene items, books, and his own shirts. The directions also claim that Tucker could arrive Tuesday, but jail officials claim he has not checked in.

"I don't think it meets the smell, and I'm going to tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to start researching every DUI booked into the jail; I want to know what sentence they're all receiving. We have carnage on the streets, people driving the wrong-way, being killed on the streets, and that's not even super DUI. Here we got a basketball guy that makes $16 million, and he's going to California to live in a country club. I'm against home arrest period," he said.

After serving his two-day sentence, Tucker will be on house arrest for 11 days.
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