Penn arrested on suspicion of DUI

  • PENN

Jay Penn of Hilo, also known as B.J. Penn, was arrested Saturday for allegedly operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, police said in a news release this afternoon.

About 4:51 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Hawaii Police Department officers from the Hamakua district responded to a report of a reckless driver on a business property in Honokaa.

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Upon arriving on scene, police learned through witnesses that Penn had arrived at the business earlier in a gray Toyota pickup truck.

Prior to police arrival, the 42-year-old was observed talking loudly towards employees and later drove off the property in a reckless manner, according to police.

While officers were at the scene speaking with the business employees about the incident, they observed Penn return to the property.

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Officers contacted Penn and after observing signs of impairment, arrested him for operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Penn, a former UFC champion, was later released pending further investigation.

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