Mixed martial arts and Octagon veteran Josh Neer was arrested earlier this morning in Davenport, Iowa, under suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), following a New Year's Eve celebration.
The "Dentist" was also charged with eluding police and hit and run -- he apparently attempted to flee the scene of a two-car accident that he caused and then led local authorities on a 20 minute traffic chase.
Here's a snip from a WHOTV.com report:
"... Neer ... hit two cars. One of those happened to be a police car at 4th and Court Avenue. Neer took off and police chased him for twenty miles, hitting speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Police tried a pit maneuver at 6th and Euclid Avenue to stop Neer. After that failed, Neer drove into Urbandale and eventually made it onto Interstate 80. That's when Neer's car blew a tire near the east mixmaster."
He, of course, is innocent until proven guilty. However, the early reports don't look too snappy.
After posting a 2-3 record in the UFC, Neer won six of seven fights outside the promotion before returning to the Octagon and defeating Din Thomas by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 13. He most recently lost to Nate Diaz via unanimous decision in the "Fight of the Night" at UFC Fight Night 15 back in September.
The 25-year-old five-year veteran of the sport is currently scheduled to next challenge Mac Danzig at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Fla., on February 7. There's no telling right now if this incident will have any impact on his ability to make that date.
Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.