DONOVAN MCNABB spent Wednesday night in a Maricopa, Ariz., jail. But, unlike Charles Barkley, he didn't get to meet Joe Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff."
McNabb was released from one of the county's detention facilities yesterday after serving a 1-day sentence for a misdemeanor DUI arrest last December.
"I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems," Arpaio said in a statement yesterday. "And this latest athlete follows that same pattern."
Barkley spent 3 days in Arpaio's outdoor "tent city" jail in March of 2009 for a DUI arrest.
At the time, Arpaio called Barkley a "gentleman."
Arpaio is famous for running a jail in which inmates dress in pink underwear, eat meals consisting of surplus food and listen to inhouse radio station KJOE, which features the likes of Frank Sinatra, classical and patriotic music.
Big Joe even has a "Mug Shot of the Day" contest on the sheriff's office website. Incredibly, McNabb wasn't a contestant. (The website also has a photo collection of "Deadbeat Parents.")
According to court records, McNabb was arrested on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, east of Phoenix, on Dec. 15. Records indicate he was stopped after driving 81 mph in a 65 mph zone. He was cited for DUI, but there is no information about his blood-alcohol level.
In Arizona, police can issue a DUI citation even if the suspect's blood-alcohol level is below the legal limit of .08.
McNabb was originally given a 10-day sentence, which his lawyer plea-bargained down to 1 day.