UFC lightweight competitor Josh Neer, scheduled to fight next against Mac Danzig at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7, was arrested New Year’s Day on charges of driving under the influence and eluding police, according to a report by the television station KCCI in Iowa.
Neer, identified in the report as a resident of Davenport Iowa, reportedly hit a police car at approximately 12:40 a.m. local time in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
After hitting the car, Neer allegedly drove away from the scene with a police chase then ensuing that went through the city and eventually ended up on I-35/80 at the 86th Street on-ramp.
While heading east on the Interstate, police used stop sticks in order to flatten Neer’s tires. He gave up the chase soon after and was taken into police custody.
The KCCI report indicates that the DUI charge is Neer’s second.
The UFC has yet to issued a statement regarding Neer and there is no word whether he will remain on the UFN 17 card and face Danzig.