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AEW's Jeff Hardy pleads not guilty to DUI charge

Hardy is scheduled to be arraigned on July 5.

Jeff Hardy has pled not guilty to his recent DUI charge.

According to PW Insider, Hardy filed a written plea of not guilty on June 28. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 5 in regard to his arrest for DUI on the morning of June 13 in Volusia County, Florida. 

Hardy is said to have entered a rehab facility on June 21.

He has been charged with one count each of driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol (third offense in 10 years), driving with a canceled/suspended/revoked license, and violating restrictions placed on a driver's license.

ESPN's Marc Raimondi added further details on Hardy's arrest obtained from the Florida Highway Patrol arrest report. 

"Once he left his car, Hardy was unsteady and smelled of alcohol, per the report. Officers, through conversation, learned Hardy had been drinking. Hardy could not complete any portion of sobriety exercises successfully 'or without risk of falling,' the officer wrote in the report."

"Officers administered a breath test and Hardy’s first sample read 0.294 of blood-alcohol content. A second sample read 0.291. The legal limit to drive in Florida is .08."

On June 14, Tony Khan released a statement that Hardy had been suspended from the company without pay and his return is dependent upon him completing treatment and maintaining his sobriety. 

 "We were able to resume contact with Jeff Hardy this afternoon. AEW does not condone Jeff's alleged behavior. We've made it clear to Jeff that we'll assist him in getting treatment for substance abuse issues, which he has indicated that he's open to receiving. In the interim, he is suspended without pay, and he can only return to AEW upon successfully completing treatment and maintaining his sobriety," Khan's statement said.