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Guards Restrain Tyson After Crash

September 1, 1998

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) _ Mike Tyson was involved in a minor auto accident Monday and had to be restrained by his own bodyguards from fighting the driver of the other car, police said.

Nobody was injured in the accident, described by police as a ``fender-bender,″ in this northern Maryland suburb near Washington. No one was arrested.

Tyson was a passenger in the Mercedes convertible driven by his wife, Monica Turner, who apparently struck the car in front of hers, said Derek Baliles, a spokesman for the Montgomery County police.

Tyson got out of the car and ``appeared to want to fight the other driver,″ said Baliles. ``He was restrained by his wife and members of his security detail who were traveling in a second car.″

The other driver was not identified.

Because passersby called to report the incident, police stopped Tyson a short time later, he said.

``Because of the reports of a fight we wanted to be sure everyone was OK,″ said Baliles. ``While we were speaking to Mr. Tyson, he requested an ambulance, complaining of chest pains.″

But once the ambulance arrived, Tyson refused to be taken to a hospital, saying his wife was a doctor and would tend to him, Baliles said. The Tyson group was then allowed to leave.

However, several hours later a spokeswoman for Shady Grove Hospital said Tyson was in the emergency room. She said he did not come by ambulance and said his condition did not appear to be serious. She declined to give further details.

``We are writing it up as a misdemeanor assault,″ said Baliles. ``In the state of Maryland, if a misdemeanor occurs and it’s not in the presence of a police officer, we can’t place charges or place anyone under arrest.″

It is up to the other driver to decide whether to make a complaint to police, and it was unclear if he wanted to pursue the matter, Baliles said.

A telephone call to the New York office of Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel was not returned Monday night.

Tyson is scheduled to appear Sept. 19 at a hearing before the Nevada Athletic Commission to determine if the state will let him box again.

Tyson was banned by the commission in July 1997 after biting Evander Holyfield’s ears during their heavyweight championship fight. His license was revoked and he was fined $3 million.

He was eligible to reapply for a license in Nevada on July 9, but bypassed the state and went through the licensing process in New Jersey. On the eve of that licensing decision, he abruptly withdrew the application in New Jersey and said he would seek licensing in Nevada.

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