Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik arrested on drunken driving charge

CANFIELD, Ohio - Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has been charged with misdemeanor drunken driving after police in Ohio say he drove an ATV into a lamp post and telephone pole.

Mahoning County deputies say the 29-year-old Pavlik was arrested Wednesday night at his home outside Youngstown after a neighbor reported the crash. A police report describes him as belligerent, swearing and yelling at officers.

Pavlik had checked out of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in January after two months of treatment for alcoholism.

Earlier this month, trainer Jack Loew, who was with him for two decades, announced they had split ways. Various media outlets have reported that Pavlik is expected to train with Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Calif.

Email and phone messages left for his manager were not immediately returned.

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