Published January 02, 2009
Charles Barkley told an officer following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol that he was in a rush because he was on his way pick up a "hot" girl for sex, according to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun.
When Barkley was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., early Wednesday after running a stop sign, the former NBA forward allegedly told the officer: "You want to know the truth? I was gonna drive around the corner and get a b--- j--," according to the notes in the incident report.
Barkley was pulled over in Scottsdale's Old Town area on New Year's Eve and submitted to a blood test administered by the Gilbert Police Department.
"I am disappointed that I put myself in that situation," Barkley said Wednesday in a statement to The Associated Press. "The Scottsdale police were fantastic. Now it is a legal matter and I will not comment further until it is resolved."
The 45-year-old Barkley, now an NBA television commentator, failed standard field sobriety tests after the officer smelled alcohol on him, and he was arrested.
After Barkley was processed, he was cited and released. His car was impounded and he left in a cab, Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler said. Police described Barkley as cooperative, adding it is customary to release people after an arrest on suspicion of DUI.
"There was nothing unusual about how he was taken into custody," Shuhandler said. "He was treated exactly like we treat anybody else."
According to the incident report, Barkley was "cordial and respectful" with officers during processing, telling them about the alleged rendezvous with a woman who was a passenger in the NBA star's vehicle. He told the officer at the police station that one week prior she had done the act and according to the officer "it was the best one he had ever had in his life."
He also promised to get a civilian employee at the department's name tattooed "on my ass" if they could help get him out of the DUI charge.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.