The University of Arizona forward Ira Lee, who’s meant to be a major contributor to the Wildcats basketball squad this season, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police say he almost hit another vehicle on the University of Arizona campus.
The university announced that Lee has been charged with failing to yield at an intersection, DUI as a minor and “super extreme” DUI following a traffic stop on Saturday.
Lee, a 20-year-old sophomore, was arrested in regards to being a minor with alcohol in his system and several DUI charges, ranging from impairment to the slightest degree to super extreme DUI, the arrest report said.
According to a university statement, the issue has been referred to the dean of students, and the athletic department is reviewing the incident for possible discipline.
Two breathalyzer tests carried out by campus police 30 minutes after the traffic stop indicated that Lee had a blood-alcohol content of 0.215 and 0.198. The 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound Lee had previously told police he had consumed one beer.
Arizona’s drunken driving laws are among the strictest in the country. “Super extreme” DUI is the third of the four levels of severity — standard, extreme, super extreme and aggravated. Super extreme indicates a blood alcohol level of 0.20 or higher.
Lee averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds as a freshman last season but is one of only four frontcourt players returning to coach Sean Miller’s squad.