Tuesday , Feb , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Charles Barkley to Serve Time in Jail for DUI

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

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.