Nick Diaz Arrested For DUI
Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz was arrested last weekend “on the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol” in Stockton, California.
According to the Lodi Police Department, Diaz was arrested at 2:20 am of September 6th according to watch commanded Sgt. Steve Maynard. Diaz, who was alone at the time of apprehension, was charged with DUI, obstructing a police officer, destruction of evidence and driving with a suspended license. No wreck, accident or injuries were related to the arrest.
Diaz was also arrested last November 20th for DUI, DUI with alcohol or drug over .08 and unsafe driving speed for prevailing conditions. According to the San Joaquin County court, an additional charge of failing to appear after a written promise was added after Diaz missed multiple court appearances.
Destruction of evidence
Sgt. Maynard said that Diaz was asked by the arresting officer to give a blood or breath alcohol test. After choosing a breath test, Diaz asked to be excused to the restroom where he tried to induce himself to vomit in an attempt to rid his body of the alcohol. Maynard said that his actions were considered as a refusal to take the tests, hence the charge of destruction of evidence.
Diaz was held for four to six hours after the investigation and was out without bail since it was a misdemeanor arrest. Diaz received a notice to appear at the San Joaquin court in Stockton before the end of the month.
Fight in limbo?
It’s alarming that Nick’s troubles with the law are accumulating as he is headed into the preparations for the biggest fight of his career.
The 31-year old Diaz is slated to fight former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 183 on January 31st. The event is considered one of the biggest PPV attractions of the promotion as it marks Silva’s return from a horrific leg injury at UFC 168. Diaz is also coming off his own retirement after he walked away from the sport following his March 2013 defeat to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158.
The UFC said that it was aware of the incident and is the process of gathering facts. A statement from the promotions says that “there is a legal process that will take place” and that Nick Diaz will “have the opportunity to address the issues in the future.”
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