Reports indicate Tyson, driving alone, backed his BMW out of the club's parking lot without noting oncoming traffic and nearly hit a parked sheriff's car. One of three officers working on a special holiday DUI task force pulled him over and, as he approached the vehicle, "observed a white powder substance on the center console of the vehicle. Mike was wiping the dash off as I approached". Tyson voluntarily submitted to a field sobriety test ... which he failed. Officers then discovered "two bags of a white powder substance ... in his back left pocket. In addition, a bag was located on the driver seat in a Marlboro cigarettes pack".
According to a police statement, Tyson "admitted to using today and stated he is an addict and has a problem. Mike admitted to possessing bags of cocaine and said he uses any time he can get his hands on it."
Tyson was held in jail - where he was isolated from other prisoners "for his own safety" - until later Friday morning when he appeared before a judge. Toxicology tests revealed that Tyson was "under the influence of a depressant, stimulant and cannabis".
Tyson, dressed in an oversized golf shirt, baggy jeans and tennis shoes, was quiet and attentive as the judge explained that, under the terms of his release, he must submit to drug and alcohol testing and may not drink or take nonprescription drugs while the case is pending. Tyson, who did not enter a plea and had no lawyer, was released without bond on a felony drug possession charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16.
Ironically, Tyson has been to Maricopa County Jail before ... as a guest talking to juvenile offenders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.