UFC Star Chris Leben Talks DUI Arrest

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UFC middleweight Chris Leben was arrested in October for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant following an accident. In 2008, Chris Leben turned himself into authorities on a previous DUI charge and was sentenced to 35 days in jail.

He'll be facing Brian Stann at UFC 125. 

The arrest marred an other wise great year for Leben. He had a great 2010 in the Octagon going 3-0 with wins over Yoshihiro Akiyama, Aaron Simpson and Jay Silva. 

Ben Fowlkes talked to Leben about the DUI arrest:

To hear Leben tell it, he "kind of messed up" when he "went down and had a couple of beers with some of the guys from my gym right before I left after practice." When he got in his new truck and headed for home, he said, he wasn't intoxicated, but did have some alcohol in his system.

"I'd bought a new truck, and I had never drove a truck before. It had just rained. Apparently I stepped on the gas a little too hard so I kind of slid out and hit the embankment of the highway, and the cops were working right there, so they saw me," said Leben.

"Somebody told me, you know, you're not supposed to blow [into a Breathalyzer] if you get pulled over. I don't know, I guess my lawyer says that's not necessarily the case now, but I didn't blow. I didn't take the test, just because I know that in Hawaii if you get in an accident [the legal blood-alcohol limit is] .05 if there's an accident, not even .08, so it's super-duper low. I definitely wasn't hammered, but I was definitely in the wrong. I didn't blow so, you know, who knows what's going to happen now."

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