Ricco Rodriguez, former UFC heavyweight champion, was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Los Angeles on March 3, 2013 at about 1:30 in the morning. The charge is interesting because Rodriguez came into the limelight — outside of the UFC world — on the first season of Celebrity Rehab for his alcohol addiction.
Details of the charge
Details of the arrest remain unclear as we only have the information from Rodriguez’s representative. The representative told TMZ that Ricco blew a 0.1 initially into the breathalyzer. However, questions remain about the quality of the initial test as he blew an 0.08 only a few minutes later at the police station.
The fact that the test differed 20 percent from minute to minute suggested that something might be wrong. Rodriguez’s representative plans to fight the charges. Your Salt Lake City DUI lawyer will know the tactics you need to take if you want to contest a DUI or DWI in court.
What happens next
Rodriguez was released later that morning on a $5,000 bail. It is unclear when his court date is, though chances are it will be within the next month. It is also unclear whether the defense will hold up as breathalyzer results often receive slightly varying results from machine to machine. Rodriguez took the test voluntarily, making his distrust of the results less effective in court.
The legal breathalyzer limit is 0.08, which means that Rodriguez was definitely skirting the line even if he remained at the limit. Only time will tell whether the former UFC champion will win this legal fight.