Former UFC Champ BJ Penn Arrested, Released on Suspicion of DUI

Former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn was arrested on Saturday in Honokaa, Hawaii, USA on suspicion of DUI. Per a report obtained by Steven Marrocco of MMA Fighting, Penn was taken into custody following a complaint of reckless driving.

Penn has since been released from the custody of the Hawaii County Police Department “pending further investigation.”

The police department released a statement on the matter that was provided to MMA Fighting.

“Upon arriving on scene, police learned through witnesses that Penn had arrived at the business earlier in a gray Toyota pickup truck. Prior to police arrival, the 42-year-old [Penn] was observed talking loudly towards employees and later drove off the property in a reckless manner,” the statement said.

“Officers contacted Penn and observing signs of impairment, arrested him for operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants. Penn was later released pending further investigation,” said the department.

Penn’s arrest on Saturday is one of the many troubling stories reported on the UFC Hall of Famer in recent years.

A report came out in 2019 that Penn’s ex-girlfriend filed a temporary restraining order against him. Just one month ago, it was reported that a paternal suit was filed against Penn as well.

Footage surfaced online of Penn engaging in street fights in 2019, including a clip that saw him collapse unconscious on the street after being struck in the head.

Penn’s UFC run was stopped following his street fight. UFC President Dana White said in September of 2019 that he wouldn’t be giving Penn another fight.

Penn’s last bout was in May of 2019, where he lost a decision to Clay Guida. The loss was Penn’s seventh-in-a-row.

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