Barkley pleads guilty in DUI case

Updated: February 23, 2009, 7:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Charles Barkley pleaded guilty to drunken-driving charges in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday and will serve time in jail, court records show.

Barkley
Barkley

The TNT basketball analyst and former All-Star faced two misdemeanor charges of DUI from a New Year's Eve arrest in Scottsdale. He also pleaded responsible to a third charge of running a red light, according to KTAR Radio.

Barkley will serve five days in jail, must enter an alcohol awareness program and was fined more than $2,000. Under Arizona law, he'll also be forced to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicles. He starts serving his sentence March 21.

Barkley, 45, had a blood-alcohol level of .149 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent in Arizona when he was pulled over.

Barkley took a six-week leave of absence from his job with TNT but returned recently after apologizing for the incident.

"I think that a DUI is unacceptable," he added. "That can't happen and I've got to challenge other people, not just celebrities or jocks. You have to really think before getting behind the wheel after you've been drinking."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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