Barkley off to jail for drink driving


SCOTTSDALE, February 24 – Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of drink driving, an American radio station reported Monday.

CHARLES_BARKLEYBarkley, who was arrested on New Year’s Eve, also pleaded "responsible" to a third charge of running a red light, said radio station KTAR.

The 45-year-old Barkley was sentenced to 10 days in jail, but only will have to serve five if he completes an alcohol awareness programme. He also was fined 2,000 dollars.

Barkley had a blood-alcohol level of .149 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent in Arizona. He will begin serving his sentence March 21.

Barkley was a member of the gold medal-winning Team USA Olympic squads and was voted into the American Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.