Barkley pleads guilty in Scottsdale to DUI charges

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Charles Barkley will serve time in jail
after pleading guilty Monday to charges of driving drunk.

According to Scottsdale court records, the 45-year-old former
NBA star pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to the
same drunken driving arrest. He's a native of Leeds, Alabama and
attended Auburn University.

Barkley, who works as a TV analyst, is set to begin a five-day
jail sentence on March 21. The Hall of Famer must pay more than
$2,000 in fines and attend an alcohol treatment program. Under
Arizona law, he'll also be forced to install an ignition interlock
device on his vehicles.

His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

Barkley was stopped by police Dec. 31 shortly after leaving a
Scottsdale nightclub. He was arrested after failing a field
sobriety test. He had a blood-alcohol level of .149 percent, nearly
twice the legal limit of .08 percent in Arizona when he was pulled
over.


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