Former UFC light heavyweight champion and current Bellator MMA fighter Tito Ortiz was in court on Monday where he was officially charged with two counts of DUI.
The charges stem from an early morning accident on Jan. 6, where Ortiz crashed his white 2012 Porsche Panamera into a concrete median on I-405 in Los Angeles. Ortiz, 38, was arrested and taken into custody following the accident. He was released three hours later after posting a $15,000 bond.
Ortiz had two passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but no one suffered any injuries. It’s his first offense, but he could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Last week, during a media conference call, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebeny addressed Ortiz’s arrest.
“My hope is that he can put that behind him. Thankfully, no one, including himself, was injured in the situation. That is the most important thing,” said Rebney. “It’s a serious issue. It’s not a joke. It’s a serious issue. It’s something we take seriously. It’s something everybody should take seriously. That’s basically my take on it. I’ll deal with that independently with Tito.”
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