Penn arrested on suspicion of DUI

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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.


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.


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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