The Los Angeles Superior Court dropped a DUI case against former professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was charged after he was pulled over about a year ago by the California Highway Patrol in Pasadena.
A report by City News Service said two misdemeanor DUI charges—one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or above—against De La Hoya, were dismissed after a defense motion was granted in the court’s Pasadena courtroom.
De La Hoya was pulled over at about 2 a.m. on January 25, 2017, as he drove his Land Rover on Del Mar Boulevard west of Saint John Avenue in Pasadena. CHP said that an officer detected the smell of alcohol emitting from inside De la Hoya’s vehicle. The boxer failed a series of field sobriety tests that morning and was arrested for DUI. He was charged in court last March.
De La Hoya, also a 1992 Olympic gold medalist, has admitted he was an alcoholic and had used drugs.
De La Hoya won 10 professional world titles in six weight divisions before retiring in 2008 after a loss to Manny Pacquiao.
In 2002, De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, he is the first American of Mexican descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.