The good news is that unified welterweight champion Errol Spence is that he was released from the hospital today. The bad news is that he was charged with a DWI by the Dallas police for the accident he was involved in last week.
In a report by ESPN, Spence, who was originally in intensive care but now is out of the hospital, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, a class B misdemeanor, a Dallas police spokesman said Wednesday evening.
Spence was involved in a one-vehicle accident just after 3 a.m. local time last Thursday, where he rolled his Ferrari while driving at a very high speed. The accident, which was caught on camera by a nearby business shows the horrific crash which Spence was ejected out of the car since he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
Amazingly, Spence only came out of the ordeal with facial lacerations and a broken jaw by reports, in a crash that could’ve been a lot worse.
Unified welterweight titlist @ErrolSpenceJr, who has been released from the hospital after a horrific car accident last week, was drunk when he crashed the car and is charged with DWI, according to Dallas police. My story: https://t.co/xqjnNJJdZ8
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) October 17, 2019
“Mr. Spence has been released from the hospital and will need to address those charges,” the Dallas police spokesman said. “As for getting a speed of the vehicle, we will not be getting one. It was a single-car accident with no other criminal charges. Therefore, no reason to get a warrant to pull the [black box] of the vehicle.”
The incident marked a first-time offense for Spence, hence the Class B misdemeanor charges filed. It also confirms his Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) was below 0.15, which likely keeps him out of jail time. The maximum penalty includes a fine up to $2,000 and license suspension anywhere from three months to one full year.
Spence was just recently in action on September 28 in a contest against Shawn Porter that was live on pay-per-view. Spence would come out victorious in the match by split decision.
We will learn more soon on whether Spence will follow through with a proposed January title defense against Danny Garcia on PPV.