Report: B.J. Penn Under Investigation for Possible DUI in Hawaii

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 12, 2020

B.J. Penn continues to be plagued by issues outside of the cage, as the UFC Hall of Famer is under investigation for a possible DUI in Hilo, Hawaii, last week.

According to a report from Big Island Now, Penn lost control of a black Toyota Tacoma truck in a single car crash on Route 11 in Hilo on Feb. 7. Hawaii Police Department Cpt. Ken Quiocho said that Penn lost control of the vehicle while speeding and the truck flipped over in front of a shopping mall. Penn was transported to Hilo Medical Center, but his condition is unknown as of Tuesday.

Quiocho told the website that speed was “certainly a factor” in the crash, but law enforcement was unable to administer a blood alcohol test at the scene of the accident. A new state law requires a search warrant to give a blood test in a single-car accident because the health of the person takes priority in that situation.

However, Quiocho told Big Island Now that the hospital did take Penn’s blood and reached out to police to share the results of the screening. Quiocho could not share the results of the blood test because the case is still open, but he did reveal that it prompted the DUI investigation. A source told Big Island Now that Penn had been at the bar known as Lava Shack on Friday prior to the accident.

The accident is the latest in a string of troubling incidents involving the former UFC champion. Last August, videos captured Penn in what appeared to be a bar fight outside Lava Shack. Two months earlier, Penn was involved in a fight with a bouncer outside a Hawaii strip club. No arrests were made in either incident.

Earlier in 2019, Shealen Uaiwa, the mother of Penn’s children, filed a restraining order against the former champion in which she accused the ex-champion of verbal, physical and sexual abuse as well as drug addiction.

Penn last competed at UFC 237, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Clay Guida for his seventh consecutive defeat. The 41-year-old Hawaii native was still supposed to receive one final Octagon bout against Nik Lentz, but UFC president Dana White decided that Penn was done competing in the promotion upon seeing the street fight videos from last August.


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