-- Basketball commentator and former hoops star Charles Barkley was arrested Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of drunken driving, a police spokesman said. <!----><!--===========IMAGE============-->http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/CR...rt.barkley.jpg
<!--===========/IMAGE===========--><!--===========CAPTION==========-->Police say Charles Barkley declined to take a breath test to measure his blood-alcohol level Wednesday.
<!--endclickprintexclude--> Lt. Eric Shuhandler of the Gilbert Police Department said an officer pulled Barkley over after he ran a stop sign in Scottsdale's Old Town area, a trendy spot known for its nightclubs and bars. Gilbert and Scottsdale are in the Phoenix metro area.
The officer conducted field tests, Shuhandler said, but Barkley declined to take a breath test to measure his blood-alcohol level.
"When he arrived at the station, police administered a blood test, which is customary of our police department to do," Shuhandler said, adding that Barkley consented to the blood test.
The former NBA power forward was cited for driving while impaired
"It was a pretty routine arrest," Shuhandler said.
Barkley, 45, is now a commentator for TNT's coverage of the NBA. Although he is well known for entertaining comments and cocky attitude, he also compiled an impressive résumé as a professional basketball player.
A Hall of Famer and 11-time All-Star, Barkley is one of four players in history to rack up more than 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists in a career. He also earned the NBA's most valuable player designation in 1993 and brought home gold medals with the U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1992 and 1996.
His commanding performance on the court earned him the nicknames "Sir Charles" and the "Round Mound of Rebound."
was drafted out of Auburn University in 1984 by the Philadelphia 76ers and played 16 seasons with the Sixers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets before he was permanently sidelined in 1999 with a ruptured tendon in his left knee.