Maurice Hooker arrested for DWI
He is charged with two misdemeanors
Maurice Hooker’s decision to forego the World Boxing Super Series tournament in favor of facing top contender Alex Saucedo may or may not have been a bad decision, but this one certainly was. The newly crowned WBO Super Lightweight Champion was booked for “misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor unlawful possession of a handgun” Tuesday morning, posting bond on both charges.
While the charges aren’t particularly eye-catching, the details suggest that Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KO) might be in a whole heap of trouble.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hooker was allegedly spotted speeding on Interstate 35E around 1:50 a.m. While he was being followed by one Dallas police car, Hooker crashed into a squad car ahead of him that was being used to redirect traffic in a construction area around Empire Central Drive.
The car following Hooker collided with another unoccupied police vehicle at the construction site, the document said. Two officers were hospitalized. One suffered a broken arm, while the other had no major injuries.
As a fellow Texan, all I can say is that he’d have to be drunk to think taking I-35 was a good idea under any circumstances.
According to ESPN, Roc Nation and Top Rank are negotiating for Hooker to fight Saucedo (28-0, 18 KO) in Dallas “this fall.” If Hooker did, in fact, injure two officers and damage their cars, he might need that payday sooner rather than later.