Georgia sports fans might be interested in the details of a recent alleged DUI incident in Los Angeles. Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz, a former champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was taken into custody on DUI charges following an early morning accident on Jan. 6.
News sources reported that Ortiz was detained following a single-car accident on the 405 Freeway. According to the police report, Ortiz was driving a 2012 Porsche Panamera and lost control of the vehicle and struck the concrete median. The vehicle was only moderately damaged in the collision. There were two passengers in the car, but neither Ortiz nor his passengers were injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Reportedly, Ortiz had attended a party at the Playboy Mansion earlier in the night. Police administered a Breathalyzer when they arrived at the scene of the accident, which indicated that his blood alcohol level was .12 percent; driving with a BAC higher than .08 percent is illegal in California. He was charged with misdemeanor DUI and booked into custody a little after 6 a.m. At 8:13 a.m., Ortiz was released on a $15,000 bond with a court hearing scheduled for Jan. 27.
Ortiz came to fame fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship professional mixed martial arts league. He is a former light-heavyweight champion of the UFC and was one of the most popular fighters in the league during his career. Ortiz remains one of the UFC’s best-known personalities.
Those who have been charged with driving under the influence can face serious DUI penalties if they are convicted. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help defendants by negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecution or by filing motions with the court. A defense attorney may be able, for example, to file a motion to suppress the prosecution’s evidence if there are grounds for such a motion, such as an unjustified traffic stop.