Police Say That Dokes Used Cocaine, Alcohol Before Running Down Vendor

Associated Press

Former heavyweight boxing champion Michael Dokes used cocaine and alcohol before running down a newspaper vendor, Broward County sheriff’s investigators charged Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office sent a recommendation to prosecutors saying that Dokes, 35, should be charged with drunken driving with injury, driving on the wrong side of the road and failing to carry proof of insurance.

The recommendation was accompanied by a lab analysis of blood taken from Dokes at the accident scene Aug. 18. Cocaine was detected, and his blood-alcohol readings were 0.12 and 0.11.

Dokes made a right turn into oncoming traffic lanes and hit James Richard Truitt of Fort Lauderdale, investigators said.


Truitt was thrown onto the hood and windshield of Dokes’ car before falling to the pavement with minor injuries. He was released after receiving hospital treatment.

The drunken-driving charge carries a possible five-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

Dokes held the World Boxing Assn. heavyweight title from December 1982 to September 1983.