Justin Flaharty

MMA fighter high on cocaine gets in fight with two garbage cans

Justin Flaharty, 36, a mixed martial artist with 10 amateur bouts under his belt just added two more opponents to his résumé. While a joke about fighting cans in the sport of MMA could be made, Flaharty’s foes in this instance were two inanimate objects which resulted in the fighter having two charges added to his criminal record.

According to the Crime Watch PA website, “On 8/24/18 at approximately 2:56am the Columbia Borough Police Department was dispatched to the first block of North 7th Street for a fight on the sidewalk. It was later determined that Justin L. Flaharty, 36, of Columbia was fighting with two trash cans. A witness directed the Officer to a residence where Flaharty was causing a disturbance. Flaharty admitted to using Cocaine and was obviously under the influence and hallucinating. Flaharty had jumped through a closed window to the rear of the property where he received cuts on his face. Flaharty has been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness.”

Flaharty’s amateur MMA record is 3-7 and he last competed at WCC 18 in October 2016.

His recent legal issues are not his first run-in with the law. Last summer he was arrested in connection with a domestic violence dispute.

That report read: “Justin Lee Flaharty, age 35, was taken to central booking, this morning, (06 June 2017), after being charged with simple assault, strangulation, for an incident that happened in the 600 block of Walnut Street, Columbia, approx. 0330 hrs.. He was committed to LCP in leiu of $100,000.00 bail. The victim is from Hummelstown, Pa.”