Golden State Warriors power forward/center Marreese Speights spent the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Tampa, Fla., early Tuesday morning, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:
Speights was arrested at 3:31 a.m. ET and later submitted to two breathalyzer tests showing breath alcohol contents of .103 and .106, according to the incident log. Florida’s legal limit is .08.
Speights became involved in a traffic stop after an officer pulled him over due to a failure to yield right of way while pulling out of a driveway in a black 2012 Bentley, according to the incident log. The officer detected indicators of impairment, and Speights after agreeing to roadside field sobriety exercises was arrested and transported to a breath testing facility, according to the incident log.
Speights, who according to the incident report was cooperative, was booked at the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail and later released on $500 bond at 11:47 a.m. ET, according to Tampa Police.
Speights, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., who played his college ball at the University of Florida, turned 27 on Monday. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.4 minutes over 79 appearances, including three starts, for Mark Jackson's Warriors in the first season of a three-year, $11 million deal signed last July.
The Warriors issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon:
Under Florida laws, a first DUI conviction can carry with it up to six months in prison (which may be served in a residential alcohol/drug abuse treatment facility, depending on the court's discretion during sentencing), up to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, and a fine of between $500 and $1,000.
Once the legal process plays out, Speights could find himself subject to supplemental discipline by the Warriors and the NBA. Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd received a two-game suspension last fall for pleading guilty to driving while impaired while he was a member of the New York Knicks, as did former Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks, who pleaded no contest in a case stemming from a 2012 DUI charge.
News of Speights' arrest comes on the heels of Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker received a three-day jail sentence for pleading guilty to a "super extreme DUI" charge in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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