NBA referee Ron Garretson charged with extreme DUI (video)

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Ron Garretson, one of the NBA’s longest-serving referees, was arrested for DUI on Wednesday after his vehicle crashed into a tree.

ABC 15 Arizona:

Garretson was taken the police station, where he agreed to a breathalyzer test. Police say the machine recorded his blood-alcohol content as 0.192 and 0.195, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Garretson faces a charge of extreme DUI with a BAC between 0.15 and 0.20, a class 1 misdemeanor, among other charges.

The NBA typically suspends players and coaches two games for drunk driving. Garrettson might receive that punishment if convicted. Considering the league wants its officials to be viewed as beyond reproach, he might face a stiffer penalty.

TMZ obtained body-cam video of the arrest: