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Harding Cited for Drunk Driving

April 21, 2002

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (AP) _ Former figure skater Tonya Harding crashed her pickup into a ditch early Saturday and was cited for drunken driving after failing a sobriety and breath test, police said.

Neither Harding nor her passenger was hurt in the 1:30 a.m. accident, in Battle Ground, northwest of Portland, Ore.

Authorities did not release Harding’s blood-alcohol content.

Harding’s life has taken several bizarre turns since she was implicated in the 1994 knee-whacking of rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. Two years ago, she was sentenced to three days in jail for hitting her boyfriend with a hubcap during a drunken argument.

In January, a judge ordered her to vacate her home near Camas, Wash., for failing to pay rent and late fees totaling $4,530.

Last month, Harding achieved a triumph of sorts when she pummeled Paula Jones in the ring during Fox’s ``Celebrity Boxing″ special. The spectacle drew more than 15 million viewers.

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