While few details have been released, news reports indicate that former world champion boxer Mike Tyson was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona for DUI and drug possession. He was stopped by Scottsdale police after his car almost struck a sheriff’s vehicle after leaving a nightclub. Tyson showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Police found cocaine on his body and in the car.
Tyson was booked at the Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff’s jail and is expected to have an initial appearance on the DUI and drug possession charges, Friday.
Tyson shot to fame in 1986 when he became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20. He has had several episodes with the law over the years, including serving prison time for rape. Tyson became an outcast in the boxing community in 1997 when he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.
Tyson has been to the Maricopa County jail before, but as a guest talking to juvenile offenders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.