WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired after being caught three times over the limit.

The 40-year-old received a 120-day suspended sentence after admitting the charge over an incident in Concord, North Carolina on March 10.

Police said Hardy drove off the road to the right, striking around 105ft of guardrail, before his car spun out of control, at around 8.11pm.

The star’s 2016 Cadillac CTS-V was said to have come to a rest in the middle of the right lane of traffic and he was arrested at 10.39pm.

The former WWE Champion, from Cameron, North Carolina, was charged with driving while impaired, then released at 11.24pm that night.

A breathalyser test recorded a blood alcohol level of .25 – three times the legal limit in the U.S – and he caused an estimated $5,000 in damages to the guardrail.

Appearing in court in Cabarrus County on Monday, Hardy was also fined $300 for court costs, told to hand over his license and to complete an assessment/treatment class.

 The tag team wrestling great, said to have caused $8,000 of damage to his Cadillac, will have 120 days to complete 48 hours of unpaid work.

In a statement released at the time of the incident, a WWE spokesman said: “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.

“We are investigating the matter and awaiting information from local law enforcement officials.”

Hardy has previously had a number of run-ins with the law, including a 2009 arrest for possession of anabolic steroids and trafficking in controlled prescription pills, which saw him spend 10 days in jail in 2011.

He incurred two WWE Wellness Policy violations during his 2006 to 2009 run with the company and was part of an infamous on-camera incident in TNA Wrestling.

Hardy appeared to be intoxicated during a match against Sting in the main event of the Victory Road 2011 pay-per-view, which was won by Sting in less than a minute and a half.

However, the dad-of-two is believed to have a clean record under WWE’s Wellness Programme since he and his brother Matt returned to the company in March last year.

He was drafted to the SmackDown LIVE brand two months ago, just one week after defeating Jinder Mahal for the US Championship.

 

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