Barkley Released from Jail

Charles Barkley is seen in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 in a booking photo provided by the Gilbert Police Department. Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. An officer with a law enforcement task force that targets drunken driving saw the former NBA star run a stop sign around 1:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Gilbert Police Department)
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Former NBA star Charles Barkley has been released from jail after serving a three-day sentence in Phoenix on a drunken-driving conviction.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee says
Barkley left the Tent City jail just before 8 a.m. Monday. He began
his sentence Saturday morning.

Barkley spent about 36 hours in jail after getting 12 hours of
work release Sunday and Monday.

He was housed in a separate tent from the other inmates for his
safety, and meals were brought to him.

The 46-year-old Barkley pleaded guilty last month to two
misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his Dec. 31 arrest. He failed
a field-sobriety test after leaving a Scottsdale nightclub.

A judge reduced Barkley's original 10-day sentence to three
days, provided that Barkley completes an alcohol-treatment program.