PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) – Mixed martial arts fighter Desmond Green faces DUI violation and other charges for a South Florida crash that killed two women last year.
Court records show that Green, competing as a lightweight for the UFC, was arrested Tuesday in Broward County.
Florida Highway Patrol says Green lost control of its SUV while driving on Interstate 75 near Pembroke Pines in August 2018. It started a five-chain chain break. Two passengers in one of the other vehicles, 67-year-old Emelina Morfa and 76-year-old Emma Suarez Hernandez, both died. Several others were injured.
Investigators noted that Green showed signs of deterioration after the crash and reported finding drugs in his vehicle.
Green lawyer, Jamie Benjamin, says they plan to fight the costs. He says a blood test showing alcohol and drugs in Green's system was taken several hours after the collapse and questioned whether Green himself caused the collision.
Greens face several counts of driving during impact as well as cocaine possession, marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. He was held at $ 1
The 29-year-old Green has appeared in seven matches with the UFC since joining the promotion in 2017, going 4-3. He has fought three times for the UFC since the car accident occurred in August 2018, including only four weeks after the collapse in September.
Green last won on May 18 and won a decision over Charles Jourdain. That UFC Fight Night bout was in Rochester, New York, Green's hometown.
The former University of Buffalo wrestler has also fought for Bellator and Titan FC campaigns since beating pro in 2012, losing a featherweight title fight for Bellator and short-haul Titan FC's springweight belt.