Police: NBA referee arrested in Arizona for ‘extreme’ DUI

May 31, 2019 GMT

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Police say an NBA referee has been arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he crashed a vehicle into a tree.

The Arizona Republic reports Ronald Garretson was arrested following a collision Wednesday night in Lake Havasu City.

Police say the 60-year-old Garretson showed signs of impairment and was booked into jail on a count of extreme driving under the influence after a field sobriety test.


A judge set bond at $4,500.

The National Basketball Referees Association website says Garretson is an NBA referee who has officiated almost 2,000 games over the past 31 seasons.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says the league is gathering information on the case.

It was not known if Garretson had an attorney.