UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz was arrested on Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) after he crashed his Porsche Panamera on the 405 Freeway.
In this file photo Tito Ortiz (L) blocks against Chuck Liddell in the third round before Liddell went on to remain the UFC world light heavyweight champion by technical knock out at 3:59 in the 3rd round, in UFC66 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada December 30, 2006. Credit: Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Tiffany Brown
Ortiz crashed his car on the freeway near Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards around 4:30 am, according to the press release of California Highway Patrol, as reported by KTLA.com. The 38-year-old mixed martial artist was reportedly heading north when he lost control of the car and hit the concrete median in the center of divided highway.
Ortiz was reportedly with two passengers when the car mishap happened. Fortunately, no one was injured even though the car was recounted to be moderately smashed.
Ortiz was taken to Los Angeles Police Department 77th Division for medical clearance and chemical testing where he was also booked and processed.
In similar news report posted by TMZ on its Web site, police officers carried out sobriety tests on Ortiz and the former light heavyweight UFC champion blew .12 on the breathalyzer. In California, the acceptable limit is .08.
TMZ also reports that Ortiz attended a BCS Football party at the Playboy Mansion the night before the car accident took place.
A drunk driving case follows the same bail process as with any other criminal case. Ortiz was asked to pay a DUI bail bond amounting to $15,000 in exchange of his freedom. He was released nearly four hours after he was brought to the detention center. He probably stayed around until he was sober to be released.
Ortiz is expected to appear in court on Jan. 27.
Legal issues are definitely nothing new for Ortiz. He was once arrested for felony domestic violence in 2010.
Ortiz is currently fighting for Bellator MMA with occasional appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He was scheduled to fight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event of Bellator's first-ever pay-per-view event. However, he had to pull out of the fight after suffering an injury. His recent brush with the law might only make things even tougher for him.
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