Pro wrestler Jeff Hardy facing DUI, other charges in Florida

Famed wrestler has a long record of drug and alcohol abuse

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Pro wrestler Jeff Hardy is facing driving under the influence and other charges after being arrested in Florida, authorities said.

Hardy, 44, was pulled over by a state trooper early Monday after the Florida Highway Patrol received calls about an impaired driver on Interstate 95 in Volusia County. The county is home to Daytona Beach.

Besides driving under the influence, Hardy is facing charges of driving while a license was revoked and violating restrictions placed on his driver’s license.

Jail records show he was released on a $3,500 bond. Online court records did not show an attorney listed for him. Jail and court records showed him residing in Cameron, North Carolina.

Hardy has had a more than two-decade career in the WWE, often teaming up with his brother, Matt Hardy, for matches.

“Hardy was released from WWE in 2003. The reasons given for the release were Hardy’s erratic behavior, drug use, refusal to go to rehab, deteriorating ring performance, as well as constant tardiness and no-showing events.” – Wikipedia

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Jeff Hardy

Jeffrey Nero Hardy (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler and musician currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and is widely known for his time in WWE and TNA.

Hardy is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time and is regarded as one of the most daring high flyers and risktakers throughout his career.

Together with his brother Matt Hardy, the tag team The Hardy Boyz are now widely regarded as one of the greatest tag teams in professional wrestling history.[16]

Born and raised in Cameron, North Carolina, Hardy started his career as a youth performing in the Trampoline Wrestling Federation, which he started alongside his brother Matt Hardy. Eventually, that would transition into the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA) as they became older.

“On August 4, 2006, WWE announced that Hardy had re-signed with the company … He was suspended for sixty days, as of March 11, [2007] for his second violation of the company’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy.”

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As a tag team, the Hardy Boyz worked as enhancement talents for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1994, and were signed to full-time contracts in 1998.

They gained notoriety in the tag team division, partly due to their participation in Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches. With the addition of Lita, the team became known as Team Xtreme and continued to rise in popularity. After splitting up as a team in 2002, Jeff’s popularity as a singles wrestler began to grow.

However, the brothers still teamed up sporadically in the years afterward, and together they have held twenty-one world tag team championships between WWE, TNA, ROH and other promotions.

Hardy has had great success in his singles career, capturing his first of six world championships, the WWE Championship in 2008 and going on to hold WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship twice and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship three times.

On September 11, 2009, Hardy was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, after a search of his house yielded 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

Over a year later, the district attorney announced that Hardy would plead guilty to the charges. On September 8, 2011, Hardy was sentenced to ten days in jail, 30 months of probation, and a fine of $100,000.[388][389] Hardy served his jail sentence from October 3 to 13, 2011.

On July 13, 2019, Hardy was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for public intoxication. On October 3, 2019, Hardy was arrested and charged with driving while impaired in Moore County, North Carolina.


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