Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Arizona Forward Ira Lee Had BAC of .215 When Arrested on Sunday Morning

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 11:33 AM

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Details surrounding Arizona sophomore forward Ira Lee's arrest for Extreme DUI came to light Wednesday morning.

Lee, who averaged 2.4 points per game in 27 appearances as a freshman, was pulled over by a University of Arizona Police Department motorcycle cop just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19 near the intersection of Seventh Street and Warren Avenue, according to a UAPD report.

The 20-year-old student basketball player's 2017 Hyundai Sonata sedan nearly collided with an SUV as it turned from Sixth Street onto Warren, before driving the wrong way down Warren going southbound.

Lee was shirtless in a pair of overalls when he was pulled over, according to the report, telling the responding officer, "No, no, no," when asked if he'd been drinking that night.

The same UAPD officer noticed a strong odor of intoxicants, and Lee's red and watery eyes, with Lee telling the officer he left his registration at his house, according to the report.

Lee failed multiple field sobriety tests and had blood alcohol content readings of .215 and .198, resulting in the citations for DUI slightest degree, DUI above .08, extreme DUI (above .15), minor drive after drinking and super extreme DUI (Above .20), in addition to a citation for failure to yield in relation to his reckless turn on Warren Avenue. 

The University released a statement on Tuesday, Aug. 21, addressing Lee's arrest and the process that will decide his academic standing in Tucson.

“The incident has been referred to the Dean of Students for review under the University’s student code of conduct, and the Athletics Department is reviewing the incident for team consequences," the UA statement reads. "Students also have access to counseling and other support services.”

Lee is scheduled to appear in Pima County Consolidated Justice Court at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10 for a criminal arraignment.

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