Mike Tyson arrested for drug charges

New York, Dec 29 | Updated: Dec 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cocaine in Arizona, police said on Friday.

Sgt. Larry Hall of the Buckeye police department said Tyson was arrested early Friday morning in Scottsdale, 10 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona, after he nearly struck another vehicle as he left the driveway of a private home.

The vehicle he almost struck was actually a sheriffs vehicle, Hall said.

Hes been charged with DUI drugs and possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. It was found on him and in his car, hall added.

Tyson was being held in a Phoenix jail and is due to appear in court on Friday, the police said.

He will probably see the judge later this morning and either be released or post bond, he said.

The 40-year-old boxer known as Iron Mike became heavyweight champion of the world when he was 21, but was later banned from fighting for a year and fined $2.85 million after he bit off part of an opponents ear during a match in 1997.

(Tyson) was actually very cooperative, very calm, and just acted like a complete gentleman, Sgt. Hall said.

The police officer who arrested Tyson was from Buckeye, 35 miles west of Phoenix, and had been working in Scottsdale on a DUI task force, Hall added. Tyson, who has a long history of legal troubles, was convicted in 1992 for the rape of a beauty pageant queen in an Indianapolis hotel room. He was sentenced to six years in prison and released in 1995 after serving three years.

Tyson retired from boxing last year after losing to journeyman Kevin McBride in Washington, DC A native of Brooklyn, NY, Tyson left the ring with a 50-6 record with 44 knockouts.

Reuters