Monday, May 4, 2009

Former MMA Fighter Jailed

Putting a hurting on your opponent in the cage or the octagon is a good thing.
Putting it on a Nevada State Trooper? Not so good.
A one-time mixed martial arts fighter has been sentenced to a year in jail for duking a Nevada Highway Patrol officer who pulled him over for drunken driving.
Joshua Pupa, 28, of Fall River, Mass., was sentenced last week in Washoe County District Court to the max term after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of battery on a police officer.

Pupa, who now a construction worker, also plead guilty Friday to drunken driving charges.
It appears he was not only drunk, but that he was pissed as well. Pupa was accused of assaulting the officer - who suffered head, wrist and knee injuries - but he also forced another trooper to twice fire his Taser gun to stop him during the the Oct. 24 attack in Reno, Nevada.
When Pupa was arrested, troopers found his card from the New Jersey State Athletic Commission identifying him as a certified martial artist.

Pupa, who is 5-foot-11 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds, told troopers he drank most of a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka and that he had been indulging in a little reefer as well.
According to Pupa, he went after the trooper because he believed the officer made a disrespectful comment to a female passenger in this car.

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