Report: Chris Leben arrested on suspicion of DUI following Oct. 19 car crash


UFC Middleweight Chris Leben has reportedly run afoul of the law for the second time in the past three years, as "The Crippler" was allegedly arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after crashing his vehicle in the early morning hours of Oct. 19.

From the Hawaii News Now:

Officers arrested Christian Leben, 30, a middleweight fighter known as the Crippler, on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant Tuesday. He was released from custody after posting $1,000 bail.

Police say Leben was driving on the west-bound side of the H1 Freeway just before 2 AM, when he lost control of his pickup and crashed into a wall near the Kapiolani Boulevard off ramp. He was allegedly driving without a license and without insurance.

Leben, who has admittedly struggled with substance abuse throughout his adult life, served time for a DUI charge back in 2008.

The original Ultimate Fighter (TUF) bad boy was released from the Clackamas County Jail in Portland, Oregon, back on May 15, 2008, after serving time behind bars for a probation violation stemming from an outstanding DUI arrest in 2005.

He was sentenced to a 35-day bit with credit for time already served and was originally slated to go home on May 27, but was able to complete his time under home detention. His time behind bars wiped out a fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 85, but it eventually took place a few months later at UFC 89.

Leben would go onto lose the fight via unanimous decision and then test positive for performance enhancing drugs. He was suspended by the promotion for none months shortly thereafter.

Leben -- who recently resurrected his career with back-to-back wins over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama in a span of two weeks is currently booked to battle Brian Stann at UFC 125, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Jan 1, 2011.

It's unclear at this time if this latest brush with the law will change those future fight plans. Stay tuned for more details.

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