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UFC fighter Desmond Green arrested on numerous charges following deadly car crash

Broward County Court Records

UFC fighter Desmond Green is currently being held on bonds totaling $194,000 after being charged with 20 counts related to a deadly car crash in Florida last August.

According to court records, Green was taken into custody on Tuesday where he remains at the Broward County jail in Florida. News of Green’s arrest was first reported by the Sun Sentinel on Wednesday.

Green faces numerous charges related the crash that left two people dead and several more injured. The charges include multiple counts of DUI manslaughter, DUI and serious bodily injury, possession of cocaine, marijuana possession, and driving without a license, which was a second offense for the veteran lightweight competitor.

The tragic car crash happened on Aug. 18 of last year around 6 a.m. ET when Green reportedly lost control of his 2011 Dodge Durango, veering into the path of a tractor-trailer, which led to a colossal accident involving numerous other drivers.

The accident ultimately claimed the lives of 67-year old Emelina Morfa and 76-year old Emma Suarez Hernandez, who were killed during the car crash.

Two more motorists — Mily Vita-Vega, 65, and Teresa Jaramillo, 58 — were seriously hurt in the ensuing crash before being taken to a local hospital for treatment. Several other people were also involved in the crash but ultimately Green only sustained minor injuries.

According to the police report, investigators recovered a metal grinder with marijuana residue inside that Green allegedly tossed from his car as well as a plastic bag containing white powder inside Green’s vehicle that was later tested and identified as cocaine.

Toxicology reports later showed Green had both drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

To compound matters, Green was also driving on a suspended driver’s license. Green had previously been cited for driving on expired tags with marijuana and mushrooms in the vehicle with him. A few months later, Green was involved in a minor car accident in Deerfield Beach, Fla. where he was cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license as well as not having proof of insurance.

Just weeks after the deadly crash took place last year, Green traveled to Russia for a fight in the UFC against Mairbek Taisumov. He fought two more times with his most recent bout coming in May.

Green could face serious jail time if convicted — DUI manslaughter convictions in Florida come along with a mandatory minimum of at least four years in prison.

Green remains in custody in Florida awaiting bond.

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