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Ex-champ arrested at Coney Island hot dog event

A Japanese eating champion who sat out this year's Coney Island Fourth of July hot dog contest apparently couldn't resist the temptation to hotdog afterward — and got arrested.

Six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi, 32, was sitting in a jail cell Sunday after the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

He crashed the eating platform after Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, 26, from San Jose, gobbled his way to a fourth consecutive championship by downing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Several security officers appeared and tried to usher Kobayashi off. He grabbed a metal police barricade with both hands, clutching it tightly as the officers pulled at him. Finally, they dragged him down the stairs, with Kobayashi resisting vehemently.

He was expected to spend the night in jail awaiting an appearance in Brooklyn Criminal Court on charges of resisting arrest, trespassing and obstructing governmental administration.

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Ex-champ arrested at Coney Island hot dog event 07/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 5, 2010 12:54am]

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