Roy Tarpley, the Dallas Mavericks' recuperating star forward who has twice violated the
NBA's anti-drug policy, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving.Two Dallas police officers observed Tarpley in his black 1988 Mercedes Benz traveling 63 mph in a 35 mph zone about 1 a.m., police spokesman Ed Spencer said.
Tarpley, who was convicted of drunken driving last year, was pulled over and appeared to be drunk, but refused to take a Breathalyzer test or to be handcuffed, Spencer said.
"Tarpley did not want to be handcuffed and indicated he would get physical," Spencer said, reading from the arrest report. "He indicated he would beat the officers and told them if they wanted to handcuff him to call an army."
Tarpley was transferred to the county jail without handcuffs, Spencer said. He posted a $200 bond on a charge of investigation of driving while intoxicated. Spencer said police would file a formal DWI charge against Tarpley on Monday.
Drinking alcoholic beverages would be a violation of Tarpley's aftercare program, but the charge doesn't necessarily mean a "third strike" for Tarpley in the NBA's anti-drug program.