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Suns' Marbury arrested on DUI charge

Posted: Friday February 08, 2002 12:33 PM
Updated: Friday February 08, 2002 2:35 PM
  Stephon Marbury Stephon Marbury was booked into the city jail on charges of extreme DUI, DUI and speeding. AP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phoenix Suns point guard Stephon Marbury was arrested Friday on a charge of extreme driving under the influence after an officer saw his car weaving on the road.

An officer started following Marbury because he appeared to be speeding, then watched as the car began moving in and out of its lane, Scottsdale police spokesman Officer Scott Reed said.

Marbury was clocked at 75 mph in a 50 mph zone and pulled over, Reed said. Marbury's speech was slurred and his breath smelled like alcohol, the police claimed.

A portable breath test indicated Marbury had a blood alcohol level of .153, the police said. The legal limit for driving in Arizona is 0.08. A blood test will also be conducted.

Marbury was booked into the city jail on charges of extreme DUI, DUI and speeding, Reed said. Extreme DUI, a charge that can be used when a person has a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15, carries harsher penalties.

Reed said Marbury was held for about two hours before being released. The case was referred to the city prosecutor's office.

"I must accept responsibility for my actions and I apologize to my teammates, the organization and the community for whatever embarrassment I have caused," Marbury said in a statement.

Suns president Bryan Colangelo, who was in Philadelphia for the All-Star game, said the team would act after the details of the arrest and the legal outcome were known.

"We are extremely disappointed to learn of this incident involving Stephon Marbury," Colangelo said.

Marbury was traded to the Suns last year by the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd.

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