UFC's Desmond Green jailed on 20 charges, including DUI manslaughter, after deadly crash

UFC lightweight Desmond Green was arrested and jailed Tuesday on 20 separate charges, including DUI manslaughter, stemming from his alleged role in a car crash last August that left two women dead.

Green, 29, remained in custody as of Wednesday afternoon at the Broward County (Fla.) Main Jail on bonds totaling $194,000, according to online records. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 19.

A request for comment with Green’s attorney of record wasn’t immediately returned. A UFC spokesperson acknowledged Green’s arrest via text message but did not immediately comment.

Green faces a litany of charges: Two second-degree felony counts of DUI manslaughter; four third-degree felony counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury; third-degree felony posession of cocaine; five misdemeanor counts of DUI property damage; and third-degree felony driving with a suspended license.

The crash happened early on the morning of Aug. 18, 2018, on a Florida freeway after Green allegedly veered his 2011 Dodge Durango into the path of a truck with a trailer in the next lane and caused a chain reaction that involved three other vehicles.

The force of the impact caused one of the vehicles to hit a guard rail and flip over, killing two passengers – Emelina Morfa, 67, and Emma Suarez Hernandez, 76 – while seriously injuring the driver. Green and another driver were treated for minor injuries.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Green was driving with a suspended licenses in Florida and New York from previous accidents. A witness saw him exit the vehicle and throw a metal object over a concrete traffic barrier. A nearby off-duty police officer found the object, allegedly a marijuana grinder, and made contact with Green, whom he observed to be intoxicated. The officer also noticed a small bag of white powder “in plain view” on the front passenger seat of Green’s truck. The substance was later tested and determined to be cocaine.

On-scene officers said Green slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol. A toxicology report said the UFC fighter tested positive for cannabinoids, THC and a blood-alcohol level of 0.14, according to the affidavit.

State prosecutors said Green was driving with suspended licenses in Florida and New York at the time of the accident. They cited multiple convictions in both states for driving without license.

As MMA Junkie previously reported, Green had gotten into a fender-bender two weeks prior to the accident. He was convicted for driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance. He also was pulled over in April 2018 for expired registration tags. The officer who arrested him said “a smell of cannabis emitted from the vehicle” and Green admitted to having marijuana and “mushrooms” in the vehicle. An arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear on charges for the marijuana and expired tags, but he was able to reverse the order and postpone his appearance.

Green’s legal troubles did not stop him from fighting in the octagon. He faced Mairbek Taisumov just once month after the deadly collision and lost a unanimous decision. He went on to fight twice more, picking up consecutive wins, including a decision over Charles Jourdain in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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