Jeff Hardy triumphantly returned to the WWE almost one year ago exactly, at WrestleMania 33, and captured the Tag Team titles with brother Matt. However, a shoulder injury put him on the shelf in September and he’s been forced to watch from the sidelines every since. Now that Matt has become “WOKEN,” fans are anxious for Jeff to return to WWE television and (hopefully) assume the Brother Nero role in the WOKEN/BROKEN universe.
Unfortunately, fan may end up having to wait a little longer. Jeff was arrested in North Carolina over the weekend for “driving while impaired.” Mike Johnson at PWInsider appears to have broken the story:
Hardy, 40-years old, was arrested at 10:20 PM on 3/10 according to the Cabarrus County Sherriff’s Office. He was released a little over an hour later at 11:24 PM. No details have been released yet on the circumstances leading to the arrest. Hardy has also been hit with a 30 day pretrial revocation of his driver’s licence, which means that currently, he cannot legally drive.
Hardy is slated to appear in Cabarrus County Court on 4/16 in regard to his arrest.
We should point that “driving while impaired” doesn’t necessarily mean Jeff was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. [Update: He totally was.] The police can use that terminology for a number of different reasons, including driving while tired or simply displaying erratic driving that could be a sign of impairment. Jeff posted a strange video to his Instagram on the weekend of his recording a video playing on a second cell phone, while driving down the highway. It’s entirely possible that Jeff was arrested for driving erratically while distracted by a mobile device (also against the law, but that’s another story).
Preliminary reports are that Jeff was tested for alcohol, but those results are not available yet. [Update: Jeff blew a 0.25 on the test, more than three times the legal limit for being considered impaired.] Wrestling Inc. reports that Jeff totaled his 2016 Cadillac CTS-V in a single car crash that caused about $5,000 worth of damage to roadside guardrails. His license has been provisionally suspended for 30 days, pending further legal proceedings.
Jeff has a sorid history of drug and alcohol abuse, including a 2009 arrest for possession of steroids and hundreds of non-prescribed narcotic medications. He served 10 days in jail and paid a $100,000 fine.
The WWE have issued the following statement about the news:
“Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions. We are investigating the matter and awaiting information from local law enforcement officials.”