Stockton UFC fighter Nick Diaz was arrested in Lodi on Sept. 6 on suspicion of DUI, obstructing a police officer, destruction of evidence and driving with a suspended license, according to Sgt. Mike Kermgard of the Lodi Police Department.

Diaz was pulled over and arrested when Cpl. Eric Bradley reported that he saw Diaz commit a simple vehicle violation around 2:20 a.m. while driving on East Pine Street, Kermgard said.

Sgt. Steve Maynard said that Diaz was very polite during his arrest and agreed to a breathalyzer test when he was brought into the Lodi City Jail.

While officers were setting up the machine, Diaz asked to use to the restroom, where he forced himself to vomit into the jail toilet, Maynard said. Officers believed he was trying to get the alcohol out of his system, Maynard said.

Officers said they ordered him to stop several times — which is how he received the charges of obstructing a police officer and destruction of evidence — but there were no further incidents.

No bail was set because Diaz was only suspected of a misdemeanor. He was released the next morning, according to Maynard.

The UFC issued the following statement about the arrest:

“We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering the facts. We understand that there is a legal process that will now take place and that Nick Diaz will have the opportunity to address the situation in the near future.”

Diaz should be arraigned within 21 days of his arrest, Maynard said. Diaz is a former student of Tokay High School.

He is scheduled to fight Anderson Silva, former UFC middleweight champion, on Jan. 31, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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