According to authorities, UFC legend BJ Penn is under investigation for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Hawaii. This incident took place on February 7th.
TMZ has made a statement debunking the report of the UFC fighter’s truck flipping into the embankment. In actuality, the vehicle had a blown-out tire.
Police responded to calls regarding a black Toyota Tacoma getting into an accident due to the driver’s speeding and loss of control of the vehicle. Officers found the truck up against two poles on the Prince Kuhio Plaza property.
Police officers managed to find out that BJ Penn was the driver of this vehicle and was the only one involved in the crash. Penn was seen at a local bar after the incident, which is where officers were able to locate him. The UFC fighter was later taken to a hospital to receive immediate medical care. He was released shortly after.
There was blood at the scene, however, police were not able to test Penn’s blood to figure out whether or not he was over the legal limit of BAC. An investigation is still underway.
In Hawaii, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent and above. This is the standard measurement that is used all across the United States. Penalties for a DUI in Hawaii are:
If you have a BAC of .02 percent and you are under 21, you will receive a DUI. Those who are 21 or older must have a BAC of .08 percent to get a DUI.
It is required for possible DUI drivers to take a chemical test to confirm whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol. Those who refuse to take this test will face consequences, such as:
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