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Chris Leben accused of DUI in Hawaii
Posted on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm
by IDMA Editor

Oft-troubled middleweight Chris "The Crippler" Leben was arrested Tuesday after police say he crashed his truck in Honolulu, according to a report.

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Police released Leben after he posted $1,000 bail, Hawaii News Now reports. He was held initially on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran lost control of his pickup truck on the H1 Freeway and crashed into a wall, police say. He also is accused of driving without a license or proof of insurance, according to the report.

Leben has had run-ins with authority before.

He was jailed for several days in April and May 2008 after he turned himself into authorities in Clackamas County, Oregon because the sheriff's office revoked his probation stemming from an earlier DUI offense. Leben violated the terms of his probation when he moved to the Hawaiian island of Oahu from Oregon.

The incident forced UFC to move his fight with Michael Bisping to later that year.

The Bisping bout led to a nine-month suspension from competition for Leben because his urine sample submitted for the fight tested positive for steroids. He admitted using them and accepted the penalty without complaint.

UFC viewers first saw Leben on Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005. His drunken behavior, emotional swings and brash attitude painted him as one of the show's villains, though his popularity later rose because of his aggressive fighting style and willingness to admit past mistakes.

Leben was on a roll this year. He's 3-0 in 2010, including a thrilling win over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 that stands out as a strong candidate for Fight of the Year honors. That encounter took place just two weeks after he pulled off an upset of previously undefeated Aaron Simpson.

Beating Akiyama catapulted Leben into the USA TODAY/SB Nation consensus rankings. He currently holds the No. 13 slot.



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