The man who has aspirations of being the governor of Alabama in 2014 was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving last night.

Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving early this morning. An officer with a law enforcement task force that targets drunken driving saw the former NBA star run a stop sign around 1:30 a.m., said Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler. Barkley declined to submit to a breath test but was given a blood test. The results weren’t immediately available. After Barkley was processed, he was cited and released. He left in a cab, Shuhandler said.

Shuhandler said there was nothing remarkable about Barkley’s arrest and that it is customary to release people after they’ve been arrested 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.” Barkley was arrested in Scottsdale’s Old Town area, one of the trendiest spots in the Phoenix metro area.

The folks over at got some camera footage of Mr. Barkley prior to the arrest, while he was still in the club. My fellow drinkers will recognize the bottle in his hand – the man was chugging a bottle of Patron !! I can’t tell what that first bottle is.


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