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5-time boxing champ suspected of DWI in NM crash

January 6, 2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Police said five-time boxing champion Johnny Tapia may have been driving under the influence when he crashed his car in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police said the 44-year-old slammed his black SUV into a curb near a golf course Thursday afternoon but was not injured.

Police said Tapia failed a field sobriety test. However, a breath sample showed that Tapia did not have alcohol in his body.

Police took a blood sample to determine if Tapia, who was not arrested, was on a depressant. He could face DWI charges if results come back positive.

In June, Tapia defeated Mauricio Pastrana in an eight-round decision. He then announced that it was his last fight.

It was unclear if Tapia had an attorney.

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