UFC star Chris Leben’s rollercoaster career has taken yet another turn after the former Ultimate Fighter season 1 competitor was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence last night in Hawaii.
According to a report from HawaiiNewsNow Leben lost control of his truck on the H1 Freeway and crashed into a wall close to a nearby off ramp. In addition to alledgedly driving while intoxicated Leben is also believed to have been behind the wheel without either a license or insurance.
Leben has now posted $1,000 bail and has been released from custody and will appear before a judge next month.
Unfortunately the troubled fighter has had a long history of alcohol abuse. That became evident on series 1 of TUF in 2005 when he was often seen drunk during the evening in the house, and in one drink-fueled rampage smashed a window and broke down a door.
In the years since it’s became clear that despite building a successful career in the UFC that he’s been unable to shake off his dependance on drink. In 2008 ‘The Crippler’ was arrested on a DUI in Washington and later served jail time for the offense after voilating his parole agreement.
Ironically Leben’s latest troubles come after his best spell in the UFC to date. At the turn of the year he had looked to be in danger of being released from the promotion after a two fight losing streak, but since then he’s claimed three straight victories, including going down in the history books for defeating both Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama in the space of just two weeks, winning ‘Knockout Of The Night’ and ‘Fight Of The Night’ awards along the way.
After giving him time off to recouperate from his excersions in those fights Leben had recently been scheduled to fight Brian Stann at UFC 125 on New Years Day. It’s unclear at this stage whether his latest charges will prevent him from fighting or not.