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Pavlik cited for OVI at Niles-Youngstown turnpike exit

Published: Wed, December 11, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

Court appearance set for 9 a.m. today



By Joe Gorman



Former middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik is expected to be arraigned today on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Pavlik, 31, was cited about 12:25 a.m. Monday at the Youngstown-Niles exit on the Ohio Turnpike, said Lt. Anne Ralston, a spokeswoman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Pavlik’s court appearance in Mahoning County Court in Austintown is set for 9 a.m.

Ralston said troopers patrolling the turnpike got a call from someone concerned about an impaired driver, and the car Pavlik was driving matched the description the caller gave.

A trooper spotted Pavlik’s car at the gate trying to exit the turnpike, but Pavlik did not have a pass or ticket on him to exit the toll road, Ralston said.

As the trooper questioned Pavlik, he showed signs that he was impaired, Ralston said.

Ralston said the trooper asked Pavlik to take a breath test but Pavlik refused.

Pavlik was still cited because the trooper had probable cause to believe Pavlik was drunk, Ralston said.

Ralston said Pavlik was not jailed because he does not have a prior OVI conviction.

She said she did not know how he got home or what happened to his car.

This is Pavlik’s second brush with the law this year. He faces a pending misdemeanor theft charge in county court in Canfield after a cabdriver accused him of failing to pay cab fare earlier this year after getting a late-night cab ride home from a Youngstown bar.

He has a Jan. 31 pretrial hearing in that case.

Pavlik has had issues in the past with alcohol including a charge of driving under the influence in 2011. He pleaded guilty in April 2012 in the Canfield court to a reduced charge of failure to control. He has attended a treatment program.

Pavlik retired from boxing in January after a career that saw him become the middleweight world champion in 2007.

In 12 years as a fighter, he had a career record of 40-2 with 34 of his victories coming by knockout.


1lumper(301 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

this guy needs to run for mayor of ytown or commissioner. he's a winning democratic candidate for sure.

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2lefty83(313 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He is gonna end up either killing someone or himself,take his license before it happens.

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3youngstownsteve(84 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Lock this piece of sh*t up and throw away the key. He is a total disgrace.

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4fcb(463 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This young man did a lot for the Mahoning Valley. He is not a piece of ---- like some say. He's a young man that was in the world spotlight that could not handle the pressure and now he needs help. I hope and pray that he finds the help soon before he hurts himself or some one else.I wish people would be kind to one another.

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5redvert(2239 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Dead on LOL, all the leaches seem to of disappeared once his career went bottoms up. Of course the truth is that you can't help someone that does not wish to help themselves. Big difference between this clown and Boom Boom!

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6Dagwood(503 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

So much for his aspirations and dreams of reopening the Bombay Club. I guess now he'll have to sell autographed "yellow" license plates.

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7kensgirl(1060 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He definitely needs treatment and fast. His biggest job these days is to be a role model to his children. I do feel bad because he is so young. Hope the family can do an intervention on him ASAP. And yes there were a lot of POS leaches out there. Where are all of you people now?????

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8mspiggy(23 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Maybe we can him and Dellick in a cell together!! That would be fun to watch..

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9TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Everyone out there so quick to criticize and judge people faaaaaaaar more successful than themselves. Obviously exhibits having difficulties and I hope he gets relief from his illness. He brought pride to us through his boxing accomplishments. Bringing up Dellick, his wife and kids should leave him. Man so much class out there. I just liked to watch him knock people out, other than that aint my business or concern- looks like he's paying dearly. Judge not lest ye..... how's that go?

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10southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

No one can live on past accomplishments, especially when you are a drunk...

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11DSquared(1788 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He obviously needs help. Maybe all of those punches over the years did some serious damage. He should also talk to Mo Clarett. He seems to have changed and appears to be on the right track.

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12TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

OH MY GOD SOUTHSIDE DAVE!!! YOU REALLY HAVE EMBARASSED YOURSELF WITH MORE THAN 4000 IDIOTIC POSTS!!!!!!!!!!!! Bro, you have to get a job, or hobyy or please just shut the f@&$ up please Im begging you. Whata deuchebag

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13prodgodq(172 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Once again, Youngstown's finest fingerpointers flock to the message board. If any of you really think that Kelly's problem is uncommon in boxing, you should get out from behind the keyboard more often. Alcoholism and drug abuse are very common in boxing, if not in society in general, all over the world. I doubt that any of you would last five minutes in a basic boxing workout. Or be able to live with the knowledge that one punch could end your career or even your life. Most boxers are also condemned to bouts of debilitating pain and parkinson's disease later lin life. I feel sorry for Kelly. Hopefully he still doesn't get too worked up by the haters anymore.

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14BrazenBull(12 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Everyone on this page needs to lay off Kelly. He is a local hero, and people should be lining up to be his driver. Yeah, he drinks. So what? Even if he hit and killed a family on his way home from a southside bar, guess what...that family is garbage compared to the career he had.

Was that family ever on ESPN? Nope. Neither was anyone who gets their jollies on the vindy.com message boards. Kelly Pavlik is a GOD compared to you pukes.

The turnpike hater should feel ashamed for reporting him. He/Her is lucky the Ghost was in their presence. People talking s&*t about Pavlik should realize that Youngstown is on the map because of him.

He probably drives drunk better than you haters drive sober. No one died, so get over it! He is and always will be a local hero, whether you haters like it or not.

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15bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Sadly Kelly's career has done nothing to put Youngstown on the map. Has Kelly contributed anything to science? Invented anything? Cured anything? No. He put on some gloves and beat the crap out of people. That doesn't make him a god as the last poster said. Athlete maybe not a god.

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