World boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya was arrested in Pasadena, California, early Wednesday for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), according to authorities.
USA Today reports that De La Hoya, 43, was pulled over for speeding at around 2 am. The arrest allegedly came after the former boxer failed a series of sobriety tests.
“As for his [blood alcohol content], he was over the legal limit of 0.08 percent,” California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesperson Officer Xavier Bejar said.
The 43-year-old was reportedly seen at several local bars on the night in question. A CHP statement obtained by Pasadena Star-News detailed how an investigating officer “continued to detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s [De La Hoya] breath and person.
“A Land Rover was seen speeding on Del Mar Boulevard west of Arroyo Boulevard with mechanical violations. The vehicle was subsequently pulled over and the driver was advised of the reason for the stop. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the investigating officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from inside the vehicle.”
Officials also noted that De La Hoya’s Land Rover had several mechanical violations. However, the police report didn’t provide explicit details.
The CEO of Golden Boy Promotions is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, both misdemeanors, according to USA Today. He was later released from jail to his manager.
The 43-year-old has a history of substance abuse issues. De La Hoya reportedly entered rehab twice since his retirement in 2009.
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