UFC Middleweight Chris Leben Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Josh NasonSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2010

Chris Leben was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Hawaii on Tuesday.
Chris Leben was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Hawaii on Tuesday.Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Just when UFC middleweight Chris Leben looked like he had turned the corner in his somewhat tumultuous career, a Hawaii TV station is reporting "The Crippler" was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.

The report says the 30-year-old was released from custody after posting $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Honolulu District Court on Nov. 22.

Leben was picked up on the H1 Freeway in Honolulu just before 2 a.m. local time. From the report, "He had lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into a wall near the Kapiolani Boulevard off ramp."

The story says he was allegedly driving without a license and without insurance.

If convicted, this would be his second DUI offense, as in April 2008, he was arrested in Oregon from an DUI offense that happened on a previous date. He spent 35 days in jail for violating his probation, causing his fight with Michael Bisping to be rescheduled.

Following a loss to Bisping later that year, he tested positive for Stanozolol and was suspended for nine months. He returned in August 2009 and lost via third-round submission to Jake Rosholt, raising doubts about his future in the UFC.

But since that loss, he has won three fights in a row, including two big victories in successive months earlier this year, downing Aaron Simpson by second-round TKO in June and Yoshihiro Akiyama by third-round submission in July.

The fights put him back into title talk and he was expected to fight Brian Stann at UFC 125.

As of yet, there has been no public comment from the UFC.

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