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Ex-champ busted for DUI on ATV

December 22, 2011
JOE GORMAN - Special to the Salem News , Salem News

CANFIELD TOWNSHIP - Former world boxing champion Kelly Pavlik is expected to be arraigned today on charges of driving under the influence after an ATV accident late Wednesday evening.

The 29-year-old Pavlik will be arraigned in Mahoning County Court in Canfield on the charge. He was arrested at his Sugarbush Drive about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday by Mahoning County Sheriff's deputies and released early Thursday morning after posting bond.

It's the latest in a string of troubles for the former middleweight champion and Youngstown native, who has had canceled fights and a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse in recent years.

Deputies were called to Sugarbush Drive by a neighbor, who said an ATV hit a lamp post and telephone pole on the street and that Pavlik was the driver of the ATV.

Deputies then went to his home, where they were met by a friend of Pavlik's, Daniel Ferreri, and he claimed to have wrecked the ATV, which was in the garage and showed signs of being in an accident.

Pavlik then came out of the garage and began swearing at deputies, reports state, and he smelled of alcohol and his voice slurred. Ferreri then admitted that Pavlik had been riding the ATV and was placed under arrest for obstructing official business.

Pavlik then refused to take a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence. He was also taken to the Canfield city police department to take a breath test, but he also refused that test, reports state.

Ferreri later told deputies he would not write a written statement about Pavlik driving the ATV because he did not want to be disloyal to his friend.

Earlier this month, Pavlik's former trainer, Jack Loew, split from the former champ, saying that there were issues in Pavlik's life outside the ring that he could not control. Pavlik denied in a televised interview having a problem.

This is not Pavlik's first brush with the law. In 2005 he was arrested for getting into a fight with a Mahoning County Sheriff's deputy who was working an off duty security detail at a Market Street bar.

He pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor assault, was fined $250 and ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment by Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Douglas.



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