Many wrestlers have had their problems with substance abuse, being arrested and being involved in other hard times. One member of this unfortunate club over the years has been WWE Legend and current AEW star, Jeff Hardy.
The wrestler who uses high-risk maneuvers in the ring and who has delivered endless memories for wrestling fans over the years with his death-defying moves has been arrested again over completely different high-risk activity, including DUI and other charges, making this current arrest another sad moment in Hardy’s struggles and legacy.
Jeff Hardy Arrested On Multiple Charges
First reported by WrestlingHeadline.com, Hardy was arrested shortly after midnight in Volusia County, Florida. The Blast obtained his current mug shot as you can see above.
Volusia County jail records offer a glimpse into Hardy’s arrest as he was booked into the jail at 12:45 PM after being arrested at 9:54AM EST, on charges of Driving While License Canceled/Suspended/Revoked, Violation of Restrictions Placed on Drivers License, and DUI Alcohol/Drugs Third Offense within 10 Years.
Hardy received a cash bond of $3,500 – $500 for the license charges, and $2500 for the DUI. Currently, he is still incarcerated at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hardy is scheduled to appear in front of a judge for his first hearing tomorrow, June 15 at 1:30 PM. That has since been cancelled and now Hardy must appear July 5th at 2:30 PM ET. The DUI is a third-degree felony, whereas the other charges fall into second-degree misdemeanors.
Hardy was meant to wrestle on AEW Dynamite this Wednesday, but those plans must now be totally up in the air as he deals with his latest match with law enforcement. This isn’t the first time Hardy has been arrested or involved with substance abuse issues or DUI, as he has had an unfortunate history for years.
Jeff Hardy Has A Long History Of Arrests
Hardy who has been known to wrestling fans for having substance abuse problems in the past and who has been arrested and charged on multiple occasions continues to fight these demons with this recent arrest. But this isn’t new for Hardy as far back in September of 2009, Hardy was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, which resulted in cops finding 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia.
He pleaded guilty to those charges. In September of 2011, he was sentenced to ten days in jail, 30 months of probation, and a fine of $100,000. Back in July of 2019, Hardy was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for public intoxication. And then October of the same year, Hardy was arrested and charged with driving while impaired in Moore County, North Carolina.
Now adding these new charges, it should be interesting to see if his current employer, AEW will suspend or fire him or get him the help that he so desperately needs.
The Blast has reached out to All Elite Wrestling for comment, we have yet to hear back. We will update you accordingly on any new information.
UPDATE: From ESPN’s Mark Raimondi, the Florida Highway Patrol arrest report on Jeff Hardy stated, a white car was seen “swerving” and “running off” the roadway Monday around 12:30 a.m. When the officer made a traffic stop and engaged Hardy, the wrestler seemed “to be in a stupor and confused,” per the report.
Once he left his car, Hardy was unsteady and smelled of alcohol, per the report. Officers, through conversation, learned Hardy had been drinking. Hardy could not complete any portion of sobriety exercises successfully “or without risk of falling,” the officer wrote in the report.
Officers administered a breath test and Hardy’s first sample read 0.294 of blood-alcohol content. A second sample read 0.291. The legal limit to drive in Florida is .08.
UPDATE: Jeff Hardy has now been suspended without pay by his current employer AEW.
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UPDATE: According to PWInsider, Hardy filed a written plea of not guilty on June 28th. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 5th.
UPDATE: 7/6/22 Hardy’s hearing is now scheduled for August 5th in Volusia County, Florida.