Charles Barkley was on his way to an amorous encounter when he was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., early Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Web site The Smoking Gun.
The 45-year-old Basketball Hall of Famer, whom Arizona police had seen run a stop sign just before the 1:26 a.m. traffic stop, was busted after failing field sobriety tests and had blood drawn to determine his blood-alcohol content.
When a Gilbert Police Department officer asked him what his hurry was, Barkley replied: "You want the truth?" and then said he "was gonna drive around the corner" for a sexual encounter, according to Thesmokinggun.com, which posted a copy of the police report online.
Barkley, a television commentator for NBA games, said he had seen the woman a week earlier.
The Smoking Gun also reports that Barkley was good-natured about the bust, joking with police.
At one point, he told the arresting officer "I'll tattoo your name on my --" if he could get Barkley out of the DUI charge.
The retired NBA star was processed, cited and released, then left in a cab, police said.