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Boxing champ charged with DWI in Lake Placid

January 14, 2013

LAKE PLACID - The reigning International Boxing Federation North America heavyweight champion was arrested here Saturday night for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Village police charged Tomasz Adamek, 36, a professional boxer from Poland who now lives in Jersey City, N.J., with driving while intoxicated and failure to stay in lane at 9:48 p.m. Saturday after he reportedly crashed his car into a parked car near the intersection of Mirror Lake Drive and Saranac Avenue.

Police said in a media report that Adamek failed to stay in his lane when turning from Saranac Avenue onto Mirror Lake Drive and crashed into an unoccupied parked vehicle. The force of the impact caused the parked vehicle to jump forward into another parked vehicle, police said.

Village police, firefighters and rescue personnel responded to the scene.

"The defendant was then transported to the hospital, treated and released with no apparent injuries," police said in their report.

Police Sgt. Chuck Dobson said responding officers suspected that Adamek was under the influence of alcohol. Adamek refused to take a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol content, police said.

Adamek was taken into custody without incident, Dobson said.

"He was cooperative," he said.

Dobson said the damage to Adamek's vehicle, a black 2010 Infiniti sedan, was extensive. The car is registered to Adamek, Dobson added.

"It's likely totaled," he said. "At least one of the other vehicles might be totaled, too.

"He was the only occupant. No one else was involved, and no other injuries were reported."

It wasn't immediately clear whether Adamek was in Lake Placid to train or if he was vacationing here.

Adamek was processed at the police station, arraigned in village court and released to a third party after posting $1,000 cash bail.

Adamek has retained Lake Placid lawyer Brian Barrett, who told the Enterprise on Sunday that his client was "involved in a motor vehicle accident at a dangerous intersection in the village of Lake Placid where a number of accidents have previously occurred." He declined to comment any further.

Adamek is a former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion and currently holds the IBF North America heavyweight title. He has a professional record of 48-2 and successfully retained his title on Dec. 22 following a split decision against Steve Cunningham in Bethlehem, Pa., fight.

The boxing blog Bad Left Hook reported earlier this month that Adamek will likely face Kubrat Pulev this spring. The winner of that match would move on to face Wladimir Klitschko, the current WBA-IBF-WBO-IBO and The Ring heavyweight champion.



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